Senate Votes to Grant Legal Immunity to Telecom Companies for Warrantless Surveillance, ACLU defeated — again

The Senate voted 67-31 on Tuesday to grant legal immunity to telecom companies to protect them from potentially-vexatious lawsuits in connection with their cooperation with the federal government in the post-9/11 investigation of potential terrorist suspects, designed to help prevent another mass-casualties attack. The vote was a defeat for the Senate’s liberal wing — including Barbara Boxer, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and Barack Obama — along with a major defeat for several well-financed leftist groups, most notably the ACLU.

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Here’s a link to the roll call vote. Here’s a link to the liberal Associated Press’ version of events, which for obvious reasons is couched quite differently.

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