Judge Questions Telecom Immunity
The constitutionality of retroactive immunity for telecoms that helped Bush spy on Americans got its day in court Tuesday, a little less than a year after senator Christopher Dodd all but shuttered Congress with an ultimately futile one-man stand against the idea...
Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation told Walker that Congress had no right to give the attorney general a magic wand to make cases against the telecoms go away just by telling the judge a little bit about what happened. The group is suing AT&T for helping the government spy on Americans' internet and phone usage.
"We have a right to an injunction against the telecoms," EFF's legal director Cindy Cohn said. "They are the gatekeepers ... They have an independent duty to protect Americans' privacy."