March 12, 2008 | By Richard Esguerra

Advocacy Groups Urge Congress to Hold Fast Against Immunity

In light of new allegations of unusual and suspicious telecom systems, 34 prominent advocacy groups have signed a letter urging Congress to hold fast in defending against telecom immunity.

Citing a significant body of opposition to telecom immunity, including a letter from leaders from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, long-standing evidence of telecom lawbreaking from AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein, whistleblower Babak Pasdar's allegations of an unsecured gateway to wireless communications at a major telecom, and a strong letter from four former senior intelligence officials, the groups say:

If Messrs. Pasdar and Klein are telling the truth, they have described the tip of an iceberg. Congress must find out what is underneath. Accordingly, we urge you to investigate these matters fully and not grant retroactive immunity in the meantime.

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