Obama rewards AT&T warrantless surveillance CEO Ed Whitacre with chairmanship of GM
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Thank gawd -- or the 11 dimensional chess player -- that FISA [cough] reform gave the telcos retroactive immunity! Because otherwise Ed Whitacre, 17-year AT&T Chairman and CEO, would be in jail -- since FISA violations were felonies, back when we had the rule of law -- instead of being tapped to run GM! Online WSJ:
The 67-year-old Mr. Whitacre is known as a straight-talking, no-nonsense executive with a track record of cutting big deals and working closely with the U.S. government [in small matters like shredding the Fourth Amendment], skills that could prove critical for GM as it orchestrates a massive restructuring under close scrutiny [BWA-HA-HA-HA!] of the U.S. Treasury.
Indeed. And "working closely with the U.S. government" very profitably. Last I checked, that illegal surveillance made AT&T what? $750 a pop? Not much per unit, but those millions add up!
Of course, Whitacre was real strong on net neutrality, too. Not. So I bet the netroots are up in arms about this one, right? Not.
But let's look on the bright side! He's an old white dude who donates Republican!
UPDATE Oddly, or not, newly minted Democrat Arlen Spector -- the kind of rat who boards a sinking ship -- doesn't mention retroactive immunity at all in his new article on limiting executive power in the New York Review of Books. Editorial standards over there have fallen, haven't they? I can't imagine why.
UPDATE See, kidz, it really is possible for the econoblogs and the poliblogs to crosslink!