The Senate just passed S.2248, the Intelligence Committee’s FISA reform legislation, including approval to massive new surveillance powers for the executive branch and retroactive immunity for telecom companies who helped the Bush administration spy on Americans without warrant.
The nineteen Democrats voting for the bill were:
Conrad, Rockefeller, Baucus, Webb, Kohl, Whitehouse, Bayh, Johnson, Bill Nelson, Mikulski, McCaskill, Lincoln, Casey, Salazar, Inouye, Ben Nelson, Pryor, Carper, and Landrieu.
Joe Lieberman also voted with 49 Republicans in favor of final passage.
Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton did not vote on final passage.
The only other change from the earlier cloture vote on the SSCI bill is that Senator Diane Feinstein voted against final passage, after voting for cloture.
As commenter Halle Burton put it, “The terrorists won.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is a very sad day for our nation.