Senate Moves to Shield Telecoms on Eavesdropping

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate voted Tuesday to shield from lawsuits telecommunications companies that helped the government eavesdrop on their customers without court permission after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

After nearly two months of stops and starts, the Senate rejected by a vote of 31 to 67 a move to strip away a grant of retroactive legal immunity for the companies.

President Bush has promised to veto any new surveillance bill that does not protect the companies that helped the government in its warrantless wiretapping program, arguing that it is essential if the private sector is to give the government the help it needs.

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gamesR4fun3755d ago

Spying on its citizens without court orders torture war for profit 9/11 has really worked out well for a lot of powerful ppl.

SeanScythe3755d ago

I've got nothing to hide. I say if torture saves one American life then by all means go right ahead.

Tempist3754d ago (Edited 3754d ago )

I don't understand how people living in America can stand it. You do know you have the 100% constitutional right to dispose of those in your government with or without their permission.

You elect them to office, ergo you have the rights to remove them from office. QPQ: GET THEM OUT OF THERE. NOW.

P.S. it's also crap like this that brought about Canada putting America on the list of countries who Torture, ergo a war crimes committing country.