Upcoming FISA Bill Would Grant Telecoms Immunity

Slashdot | New FISA Bill Would Grant Telcoms Immunity; Vote Is Tomorrow


“This just in: a new ‘compromise’ FISA Bill PDF was just made public, which, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reports, ‘contains blanket immunity for telecoms that helped the NSA break the law and spy on millions of ordinary Americans.’ The House vote is tomorrow, June 20. After all the secret rooms and everything … if they get immunity and the public never finds out what happened, the only other logical next step is to convince everyone I know not to get an iPhone.”

It’ll be interesting to see how McCain and Obama vote. Oh, and if you believe in justice and/or freedom, it might be a good idea to pester your congressman.

FISA

Ugh.

House Democrats are expected to unveil and possibly vote on their FISA bill this week. While they may (or may not) end up securing some additional, mild safeguards against eavesdropping abuses as compared to the Rockefeller/Cheney Senate bill, it is almost certain that they will ultimately end up granting amnesty to lawbreaking telecoms and gutting most of the long-standing, core protections of FISA. The recent, extraordinary revelations of just how sweeping is the administration’s spying on domestic calls and emails of Americans seem to have had little effect thus far on what appears to be the inevitable course.