asked for someone to provide an opposing explanation. To explain what is motivating the Bush administration.
Shortly after 9-11, the Bush administrration realized that they had been completely blindsided. They then proceeded to panic. They rounded up thousands of Arab Amerricans for the crime of being Arab-Americans and they implemented a clearly illegal wiretap scheme without considering the consequences. As the smoke cleared, and the feeling of panic subsided they realized two things. 1: that they were criminally liable for the behavior they had already engaged in and 2: that they had a rare opportunity to undo the damage to executive power that Nixon and Watergate had done.
Everything they have done since (including perhaps, starting a war of choice) has been in the service of covering their own culpability and reclaiming dictatorial powers for the President. The notion of providing immunity to the telecoms, fits right into the grand scheme with ease.