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House passes FISA legislation, 293-129

A huge margin of victory on H.R. 6304, the FISA Amendments Act. We'll post the roll call when it becomes available. (And here it is.)

Wonder what grounds opponents will find to litigate on...

Also, a commendable column by Andrew C. McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor and currently director of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies: "A Good Deal On Surveillance Reform."

Meanwhile, C-SPAN just had a caller segment before the final vote was announced. Not a single caller supported the plan. Anger surged across the phone lines.

UPDATE (1:30 p.m.): The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which will see its class-action lawsuits disappear, condemns.

Also, ACLU condemns: "The bill allows for mass, untargeted and unwarranted surveillance of all communications coming in to and out of the United States." No it doesn't.

Majority Leader Hoyer's floor statement.

UPDATE (1:38 p.m.): And finally we hear from the trial lawyers, or at least one of their financed and directed groups, the Drum Major Institute and its Tort Deform blog.

UPDATE (3:45 p.m.): More from Andy McCarthy, refuting Sen. Arlen Specter's reading of the law with some basic points about the difference between the private sector and government.

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Rafael Mangual
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Manhattan Institute


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