Andrew Cohen on corporate law-breakers (emphasis added):
An immunity-for-intelligence quid pro quo is “unacceptable,” said Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and ranking Republican Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Meanwhile, Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), who is a member of both committees, told The Post that briefings he received from his Intelligence Committee aide, who had reviewed the documents extensively, suggested that the surveillance program is illegal. “It[‘s] an executive power grab that is not justified by the statute or by the Constitution,” Feingold said.
Lawmakers must ensure that their new surveillance bill has better judicial and congressional oversight than the previous version. They should also consider whether there is a compelling reason to protect the assets of big corporations at the expense of individual privacy. This story, though, is rapidly becoming a symbol for all that is wrong with the legal war on terror.
Looming Out of the Fog That Same Evening: