Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Anti-Warrantless Spying Decision Colors Telecom Amnesty Debate

Ryan Singel writes on Threat Level:

The Bush administration's and the Senate's push to free the nation's telecoms from anti-wiretapping lawsuits has grown increasingly important as a the judge controlling all the cases made it clear in a ruling last week that he found the administration's secret eavesdropping program was unconstitutional.

The ruling from federal district court chief Judge Vaughn Walker colored the debate Tuesday morning as the Senate began a day of talking about expanding the government's blanket wiretapping powers and granting retroactive amnesty to phone and internet companies that helped the government warrantlessly spy on Americans for five years.

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