April 16, 2007 | By Derek Slater

Sen. Specter: Telcos' Role in NSA Spying Program Must Be Exposed

Stop Illegal SpyingTomorrow, the Bush Administration will go before the Senate Intelligence Committee to push a dangerous new spying bill [PDF]. Among other things, the bill could threaten cases like EFF's against AT&T.

We're glad to hear that Senators are already pushing back against this proposal. As the NY Times reports:

"[Senator Arlen] Specter said he opposed the proposed immunity for telecommunications companies because the White House had never provided Congress with enough information about the role of the companies in the program.

"'That provision is a pig in the poke,' Mr. Specter said. 'There has never been a statement from the administration as to what these companies have done. That's been an intolerable situation.'"

The rest of Congress should heed those words. It would be highly irresponsible of Congress to legislate in the dark, before the past and present abuse of surveillance powers has been thoroughly investigated.

Visit stopillegalspying.org and take action to demand investigations into the NSA spying program now.

Update: The hearing has now been temporarily postponed. Stay tuned....


Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

¿En el #LACIGF2016? El martes compartiremos el informe: Vigilancia y privacidad en 13 países de America Latina

Jul 23 @ 6:52am

25 Members of Congress have launched a new bipartisan caucus to defend Fourth Amendment rights: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks...

Jul 22 @ 5:49pm

EFF & @APC_news are in Costa Rica for the #LACIGF2016. Join us for our join human rights event on July 26 at 9:00AM

Jul 22 @ 12:57pm
JavaScript license information