May 8, 2007 | By Derek Slater

Action Alert: Tell Congress Not to Let Telcos Off the Hook for Illegal Spying

The Bush Administration is pushing legislation that could let telecommunications providers off the hook for illegally assisting the NSA's domestic spying program, and one of your Senators may be on the key committee that can stop it. Use our Action Center to defend your rights.

In January 2006, EFF filed suit against telco giant AT&T for violating its customers' privacy and helping the NSA spy on millions of Americans' telephone and Internet communications. Congress is now considering a bill proposed by the Administration that could threaten cases like EFF's. That proposal appears intended to not only gut current privacy safeguards but also give blanket immunity to anyone who collaborated with the government's spying.

While no Congressional representatives have sponsored the Administration's proposal so far, we're hearing credible rumors that the proposal may be attached to the intelligence budget authorization that the Senate Intelligence Committee will likely consider on May 17.

Don't let the Administration get away with it. You can use our Action Center to determine if your Senators are on this committee and find their phone numbers.


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