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FISA vote looms: hopes, hate focused on Bingaman amendment

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posted on Jul, 8 2008 @ 07:27 PM
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FISA vote looms: hopes, hate focused on Bingaman amendment


arstechnica.com

Instead of immediately granting retroactive immunity to telecoms being sued for their role in the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program—or, what amounts to the same thing, instructing a federal court to grant such immunity—Bingaman would stay the suits until 90 days after the delivery of a report by the Inspector General's on the president's secret surveillance programs. Immunity would still follow automatically at this point, but the provision might provide an incentive for the administration not to drag its feet in complying with the investigation, and it would give Congress the opportunity to reconsider once it actually knows what behavior it is immunizing. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and prominent immunity opponent Glenn Greenwald have both endorsed the amendment.
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posted on Jul, 8 2008 @ 07:27 PM
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The political two-step is underway. Watch as they sway this way and that, but in the end - Telecomms will get the immunity they surely want.

Meaning: Wiretapping can be undertaken by a corporation, the information will gathered by the commercial sector, sans oversight.

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