Sen. Specter: Telcos' Role in NSA Spying Program Must Be Exposed
Tomorrow, 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.
Update: The hearing has now been temporarily postponed. Stay tuned....