[From], Senator Ted Kennedy (MA), who introduced the original FISA intelligence oversight legislation 30 years ago:
Think about what we’ve been hearing from the White House in this debate. The President has said that American lives will be sacrificed if Congress does not change FISA. But he has also said that he will veto any FISA bill that does not grant retroactive immunity. No immunity, no new FISA bill. So if we take the President at his word, he is willing to let Americans die to protect the phone companies. The President’s insistence on immunity as a precondition for any FISA reform is yet another example of his disrespect for honest dialogue and for the rule of law.
It’s painfully clear what the President’s request for retroactive immunity is really about. It’s a self-serving attempt to avoid legal and political accountability and keep the American public in the dark about this whole shameful episode. Like the CIA’s destruction of videotapes showing potentially criminal conduct, it’s a desperate attempt to erase the past.
Along with the criminal apostate U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Agency, and Commonwealth of Virginia with the police video being "just grey static" during the testilied supported criminal law enforcement search and seizure of August 5, 2006- violating the 4th amendment in order to violate the 1st amendment.