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AP via Google: Dems, GOP agree to telecom immunity deal (1 day ago)
The issue of legal protection for telecommunications companies that participated in "warrantless wiretapping" has been the single largest sticking point. The Senate passed a bill that immunized them from lawsuits. The House bill was silent on the matter. The White House threatened to veto any bill that did not shield the companies*, which tapped lines at the behest of the president and attorney general -- but without permission from a special court established for this very purpose -- the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

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The compromise bill would have a federal district court review certifications from the attorney general saying the telecommunications companies received presidential orders telling them wiretaps were needed to detect or prevent a terrorist attack. If the paperwork is in order, the judge would dismiss the lawsuit.

This should be struck down as unconstitutional. If the lawsuits are dismissed, can the decision be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court?


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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 01:34:41 PM EST
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