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NEW YORK TIMES: After months of wrangling, Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress struck a deal on Thursday to overhaul the rules on the government’s wiretapping powers and provide what amounts to legal immunity to the phone companies that took part in President Bush’s program of eavesdropping without warrants after the Sept. 11 attacks. The deal, expanding the government’s powers to spy on terrorism suspects in some major respects, would strengthen the ability of intelligence officials to eavesdrop on foreign targets. It would also allow them to conduct emergency wiretaps without court orders on American targets for a week if it is determined that important national security information would otherwise be lost. If approved, as appears likely, the agreement would be the most significant revision of surveillance law in 30 years.
Campaign Donations From The Telecom Lobby 2007-2008
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PREVIOUSLY: The Senate is considering a bill that would grant immunity to any telecom company that assisted in the administration’s illegal wiretapping.
ONE SENTENCE EDITORIAL: Are we the only ones shocked and appalled that these ass-clowns are selling out the American people and the Constitution for such paltry sums?
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