How to defeat Specter's spying bill

Glenn Greenwald explains what Democrats need to do to stop Arlen Specter's warrantless wiretapping legislation.

The Feinstein-Specter bill fixes every claimed problem that exists with FISA. It allows full-scale eavesdropping on terrorists. Thus, there is only one possible reason to oppose that bill -- namely, because what the President really wants is to eavesdrop on Americans in secret and with no judicial oversight. That is what the debate is about, not about whether the President can eavesdrop on terrorists. That is an easy argument to make, as Sen. Feinstein's own Release demonstrates, and as Sen. Leahy demonstrated with his defense of that legislation in David Stout's NYT article yesterday (Leahy: Feinstein-Specter bill "ensure(s) that the U.S. intelligence community can continue to operate and protect the nation with the necessary F.I.S.A. court oversight").
It's time for Democratic leaders to get over their fear of being called obstructionist. Read Glenn's detailed plan for blocking the Specter bill and replacing it with the far-superior Feinstein-Specter bill.

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