Defense News

Friday, November 16, 2007

Phone firms want shield if spy suits come calling

They won't say whether they have ever helped the government monitor the conversations of millions of Americans, but the nation's largest telecom companies still want blanket protection from lawsuits stemming from the government's anti-terror eavesdropping efforts.

Whether corporate giants like AT&T and Verizon Communications should be given that immunity is part of a debate raging on Capitol Hill over the scope of the Bush administration's wiretapping powers. More than three dozen lawsuits have already been brought and consolidated in federal court in San Francisco claiming that the telecom giants have illegally listened to and collected data on domestic phone calls...Full Article.

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