The only reason the telecoms would need retroactive immunity from prosecution is if they broke the law. Even if they broke the law at the Bush adminstration's request they chose to break the law without any guarantee of immunity.
They knew they were breaking the law. Since when do lawbreakers get immunity?
This needs to be stopped in the Senate. Senator Dodd has pledged to fillibuster, but he needs the support of other Senators.
Pledges have been made to assist by Joe Biden:
San Francisco: "Will you join Sen. Chris Dodd's hold and proposed filibuster on any FISA bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecoms?"
Sen. Joe Biden: "Yes."
"To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies."
"I am troubled by the concerns that have been raised by the recent legislation reported out of the Intelligence Committee...As matters stand now, I could not support it and I would support a filibuster absent additional information coming forward that would convince me differently."
You can call or email the Senators who have pledged to support a filibuster by clicking this link.
Senator Dodd is to be commended for his leadership on this issue, but he needs the support of the all Democrats, especially Clinton, Obama, Edwards, and Biden, to get this issue in front of the American people.
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