Warrantless Wiretapping Still Haunting
This issue isn’t going to go away. Now the Bush administration is trying to keep companies that cooperated with the warrantless wiretapping program from being sued.
I’ve said it before and I’ll go on saying it. I get that we need to be careful and take action to prevent terrorists from getting things done. I get that this means wiretaps and other forms of snooping are some of the tools that get used in doing this because they’re really powerful tools.
What I don’t agree with is bypassing the constitutional requirement for a warrant. Little things like probable cause, pesky little details like evidence of some kind. Actual involvement of the Judicial branch of our government in the form of a judge deciding whether or not to issue a warrant and then when one is issued, spelling out as clearly as possible what is covered by that warrant.
WASHINGTON â€” The Bush administration wants the power to grant legal immunity to telecommunications companies that are slapped with privacy suits for cooperating with the White House’s controversial warrantless eavesdropping program.
The authority would effectively shut down dozens of lawsuits filed against telecommunications companies accused of helping set up the program.
The vaguely worded proposal would shield any person who allegedly provided information, infrastructure or “any other form of assistance” to the intelligence agencies after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. It covers any classified communications activity intended to protect the country from terrorism.
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