Telecom companies have presented congressional Democrats with a set of proposals on how to provide immunity to the businesses that participated in a controversial government electronic surveillance program, a House Democratic aide said Wednesday.
Congress has been wrestling for months with an update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act with the immunity issue the primary sticking point.
Many Democrats want the companies held accountable for participating in the program, which was initiated in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The White House, however, has insisted that the participation of the telecoms is crucial to monitoring conversations between potential terrorists. President Bush has vowed to veto any bill that does not contain immunity. Read on...
Hmm...I think I'll try this approach should I ever find myself in legal trouble. Any member of Congress who thinks the American people are going to allow the telecom companies to write their own get out of jail free card, they are sadly mistaken. Let Rep Steny Hoyer know how you feel, and/or contact your representatives in the House and Senate and tell them you don't want want companies who betrayed the country and its Constitution to get a free pass.