Feingold warns against retroactive immunity for telecoms

By David Edwards
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 13:37 EDT
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While the final result of what critics say is a flawed surveillance bill is all-but-ordained, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) is not giving up his fight to convince colleagues not to retroactively eliminate any consequences for participating in President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program that was conducted outside of existing law.

“This immunity provision doesn’t just allow telephone companies off the hook. It will also make it that much harder to get at the core issue that I’ve been raising since December 2005, which is that the president broke the law and should be held accountable,” Feingold said on the Senate floor Tuesday. When these lawsuits are dismissed, we will be that much further away from an independent judicial review of this illegal program.”

Feingold was speaking in favor of an amendment he is co-sponsoring with Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) to strip a grant of retroactive immunity from an update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

RAW STORY’s Nick Juliano has full details here.

This video is from C-SPAN 2, broadcast July 8, 2008.

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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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