The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives quickly passed a bill Friday that will expand the government’s ability to install blanket wiretaps inside the United States. It will also put an end to the lawsuits filed against the nation’s telecoms for helping the government spy on Americans without getting the necessary court orders. The vote hands a significant victory to the White House, a few months after House Democrats forced a high-stakes showdown on the same issue in February. The 293-129 vote came just 24 hours after the compromise bill was released on Thursday. Only one Republican voted against the bill, while Democrats split nearly evenly. Wired.com
And who was it who gleefully gave away our privacy and any semblance of accountability?