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Obama administration backs telecom immunity


Obama administration backs telecom immunity

The Obama administration has asked a federal judge in San Francisco to uphold a law aimed at dismissing suits against telecommunications companies that cooperated with President George W. Bush's wiretapping program...

Cindy Cohn, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation who represents AT&T customers in the lead case before Walker, said she was disappointed.

"It's unfortunate that the Obama administration has taken the position that it's OK for the president to decide whether millions of ordinary Americans get their day in court," Cohn said. "That's exactly the kind of presidential power that candidate Obama was critical of the Bush administration for."

Thursday, February 26, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle

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