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October 12, 2007

Senate FISA Bill Contains Retroactive Immunity for Telcos

by at 1:04 pm.

Firedoglake has the scoop, and action you can take. Go read. We need everyone on this - and calling Kerry and Kennedy, even if they are not on the Select Intell Committee, to ask them to tell the Committee that under no terms will they vote for a new FISA bill that has immunity from prosecution for telcos that illegally turned over records of their customers over to the Bush administration. Make sure it’s clear that bill should be DOA now, before it comes out of the Senate committee and onto the floor.

Secondarily, you need to read this narrative that Kagro X has formed regarding the telco, Qwest, that refused to turn over records on the basis that it was unconstitutional without a warrant - and whose CEO since been prosecuted for insider trading for selling stock a couple months before Qwest had bad earnings…when those earning only turned bad because the federal government took contracts that Qwest expected to other contractors.

7 Responses to “Senate FISA Bill Contains Retroactive Immunity for Telcos”

  1. waittilnextyr Says:

    You understand that the bill originally did not provide for such immunity. Bush threatened to veto it if the provision remained. Did his threat make the Senate bow (once again), or did the Telecom lobby get to them first.

  2. Mr. Lynne Says:

    (sigh)

    someone grow a pair.

  3. joe Says:

    I think the corporation as a whole, and the specific individuals involved in doing the wiretapping, should be given immunity.

    By the Special Prosecutor. In exchange for their testimony against the President, the VP, the Sec Def, the DNI, the DCI, and whomever else they can make charges stick against.

    I’m serious about this. We cannot let the government listen in on us, except as part of an investigation authorized by a court. Even if they want to do it to catch terrorists. Even if they promise us they won’t go after innocent people. Somebody except the people who want to intercept the phone calls or emails - somebody from another branch of government - needs to look at the case and make sure the investigators aren’t going off the reservation. Or it’s the road to hell.

  4. waittilnextyr Says:

    Good idea, joe. Maybe his concern in getting them immunity in the bill was driven not to protect them, but protect him and his buddies.

    (WASHINGTON) — President Bush said Wednesday that he will not sign a new eavesdropping bill if it does not grant retroactive immunity to U.S. telecommunications companies that helped conduct electronic surveillance without court orders.

  5. joe Says:

    Funny how they’re asking for immunity for the corporations that cooperated with them, while setting the Justice Department on Qwest and its management when they didn’t play ball. That guy’s in jail now.

    The comparison that comes to mind in Putin.

  6. Eleanor Rigby Says:

    I find it very interesting that the party that preaches we should “take responsibility” continues to try to make their corporate buddies immune from taking said responsibility!

    Don’t you worry though, we’ll be saving tons of money on S-Chip so we can continue the Bush War! After all “He tried to kill my daddy!”

  7. Josh Says:

    You know we wouldn’t have this problem in the first place if Jimmy Carter (Yes, the DEMOCRAT peanut farmer) had passed the original FISA Act decades ago. It’s almost as bad as the PATRIOT Act.

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