U.S. Judge Orders Bush to Release Records of Telecom Firm Contacts
A federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Bush administration Wednesday to release records of any recent lobbying contacts with telecommunications companies by Dec. 10, in time for a congressional debate on the president's push to protect the firms from suits over electronic surveillance.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston granted an injunction sought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which represents customers in a lawsuit against AT&T.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a Freedom of Information Act request Aug. 31 for records of recent communications on the immunity issue between the office of national intelligence director Michael McConnell, telecommunications companies and members of Congress.
The office has not provided any records and has told the foundation its review should be finished by Dec. 31, which is after lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the immunity issue.