US Democrats refuse immunity for warrantless wiretappers

Democrats in the US House of Representatives defied President Bush on Tuesday by refusing to pass an overhauled surveillance law that shields telecommunication companies from lawsuits alleging they aided government eavesdropping without the required court order.Instead, they proposed the establishment of a bipartisan commission similar to the one that investigated the 9/11 attacks that would investigate the Bush administration’s secret wiretapping program. They also offered the telecom companies the chance to defend themselves in court using classified documents that up to now have been inadmissible.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/12/house_democrat_fisa_bill/

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