U.S. Senator Wants to Expand Spying Authority
An AP newswire article by Pamela Hess, via Forbes.com, reports that:
Well, at least now we know where Mr. Bonds stands on this issue. - ferg
Congressional Democrats are looking for ways to curtail some of the electronic surveillence authority Congress hastily approved last month just as a key Republican senator is trying to expand those powers.
Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., said Monday he wants Congress to grant immunity to telecommunications companies that cooperated with the government's warrantless wiretapping program prior to January 2007.
"I strongly believe that retroactive immunity is critical to adopt in order to ensure the government can get assistance from (telecommunications) carriers," Bond, the top Republican on the Senate intelligence committee, told an audience of attorneys, intelligence officials and civil liberties groups.