Meanwhile, Patrick Philbin, identified in the on-screen legend only as a “Washington-area attorney” (the introduction did say he was formerly a Bush appointee in various positions), kept claiming that there wasn’t even any proof that any telcos had cooperated without warrants, while arguing that without retroactive immunity they wouldn’t cooperate. In addition to those positions being somewhat contradictory, if I’m not Cheney has said on the air recently that the telcos did cooperate, so I don’t know why Philbin continues this sort of obfuscation. Well, unless it’s the obvious: he’s protecting his former bosses.
The Communicators is very interesting because it one or two people half an hour to say what they mean in their own words. YMMV, but in this case it sure looked to me like Rotenberg was being very reasonable and standing for the rule of law, while Philbin was stonewalling using every legal subterfuge that came to his mind. This impression wouldn’t have been nearly as clear from a few sound bites.