The FISA plot thickens again. Bush wants to keep Senators clueless because telecom immunity also gives Bush immunity. Telecom immunity includes by definition the approval of two condition precedents: Bush had constitutional authority for the warrantless surveillance and the surveillance was determined to be lawful. Under the doctrine of Congressional ratification, the effect of this approval is to retroactively "legalize" Bush's authority and program. This means that Bush may have immunity from prosecution. Moreover, for years, Bush could not cite any statutory authority for his theory of unitary presidential prerogatives. Bush will now have precedent.
Dodd has warned us about that too:
Why is this administration asking for retroactive immunity out of the Congress? The executive branch can grant immunity. They don't need Congress to do so. If the President thinks these phone companies deserve immunity, then why doesn't he do it? Why does he want the Democrats to join him in that? What's in that stuff that all of a sudden a week or two from now you're going to be turning around saying "Did you know what you were granting immunity to?"
Have you called your senators today to tell them no immunity no matter what? Any plans to show up at their district offices with fifteen of your best friends, some signs and a video camera for YouTubin' it?
The explanation of the Pink Project quickly gets too confusing for me to understand completely but I think it's about putting safe, affordable, sustainable housing in New Orleans' 9th Ward, which is good. And some of the designs are super cool.
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