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Bill Proposal Would Revoke Wiretapping Immunity

September 29, 2009 by  

Bill proposal would revoke wiretapping immunity Echoing the sentiments of many civil libertarians, a group of Democratic lawmakers have announced they will introduce a bill to repeal the immunity granted to telecom companies which participated in the previous administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

Leading the effort to pass the Retroactive Immunity Repeal Act is Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut. The law would strip the immunity provisions included in a reform of wiretapping regulations that was passed by Congress in 2008.

"We make our nation safer when we eliminate the false choice between liberty and security," Dodd explains.

Other sponsors of the bill include Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Jeff Merkley of Oregon.

Leahy, who is also chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has praised the move saying it will "[restore] Americans’ access to the courts is the first step toward bringing some measure of accountability for the Bush-Cheney administration’s decision to conduct warrantless surveillance in violation of our laws."

The lawmakers hope the proposed bill will modify some of the more controversial elements of the Patriot Act whose key provisions are scheduled to expire at the end of 2009.
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  • eyeswideopen

    Ok, how are you people going to complain about our rights being restored? Come on, I know you will find a way to be upset about this. Even, DaveH, will have to be for this one, as he was a victim of illegal wiretapping. The rest of you will have to be creative. I so look forward to your comments. Let it roll!!!

    • DaveH

      Even DaveH? Come on Eyes, you know that my form of freedom is the purest. I don’t believe in forcing anybody unless they are encroaching on my body or property.

      • DaveH

        I respect the rights of others to live as they please as long as they don’t trespass on others. That includes rich people.
        Government is force, not reason.

  • s c

    While some provisions of the patriot act (and wire taps) are straight out of the anal retentive’s technical manual, whenever Dodd, Leahy, Feingold and other kookoids get together to do America any ‘favors,’ alarms should go off automatically.
    While we’re on the topic of kookoids, never forget that bubba clinton is responsible for Echelon (another matter ultralibs don’t want to have aired in public). If you yahoos think the patriot act (and wire taps) is bad, research Echelon [please tell us you can read].
    When Dodd and that bunch of airheads do something positive for America, I’ll admit it, and I’ll shout it loud. Until then, it’s just one more round of low-grade crap from crap specialists and their looney tune admirers who have brainwashed themselves into loving them.

    • Ron F

      You “nailed it”. Wish you lived in PA., Id vote for you!!! We REALLY need some changes in this state.

  • KHERN

    Ex post facto law? Somewhere in another time many years ago I think I heard in an 8th grade civics class that ex post facto laws were unconstitutional. Who cares now? The Libroids are in charge of the most transparent government ever. Laws will be posted on the internet for 5 days for review. Stimulus bill will bring us back to prosperity. Unemployment will not go beyone 8%. No more ear marks. Libroids healthcare will add millions to the government system, medicare will not be cut, there will be no rationing. The plan will be vetoed if it adds one dime to the national debts. Congressmen will actually read the bills they approve. No tax increase on people making less than $250K. This is change you believed in because, with Acorn’s help, you elected these great people.

  • judy

    I only wonder why people do get upset . Without this can they really get the bad bad in a timely manner or fashion. What do people talk about that they are afraid of being listened to. Please tell. it is not like you cannot say what you want. Just remember no attacks since.Never forget 911. Really what are they to do?

  • judy

    Now you wanna get irritated about something try Acorn . Now that can get me in a tizzy. I would worry about that more. BACKED BY OUR VERY OWN GOVERNMENT. . . ALSO THEY STILL BACKED THEM UNTIL ME AND YOU STARTED HAMMERING AT THEIR DOOR. . tHEN THEY SAY ” I DIDN’T KNOW” LIE RIGHT TO YA. NOW BABY THAT IS A PROBLEM.NOTHING WORSE THAN A LIAR WHO LOOKS YA’ SQUARE IN THE EYES, UGH. . . .

  • judy

    TYPICAL THIEVES AND SCOUNDRELS. BREAK THE LAW THAN SUE US. ‘BOUT TIME THE FBI/ CIA THROWS THEM AN ANCHOR. ALL OF THEM. GET EVERY PENNY OF OUR MONEY BK. TOO. PUT IT IN SOCIAL SECURITY.LOCK ALL UP / COME ONE COME ALL/ SLAM/BANG/ SHUT.BYE!!!!

  • http://kibitzer-truthseeker.blogspot.com Stan

    I agree with, and want to emphasize, KHERN’s reply. This isn’t just ‘reform’. It’s ‘retroactive’. A huge red flag. Do we really want something, when it was legal at the time, made illegal after the fact? That’s arbitrary law. That’s the tool of a despotic regime. That’s the knock on the door in the middle of the night. ‘Come with us. Your participation in that demonstration yesterday has just been made illegal. But you still have the right to remain silent…’

    Thank you, no thanks.

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