Will the Phone Companies Get a Pass?

Monday, December 17, 2007

Will the Senate grant immunity to phone companies in the NSA wiretapping program today? New York Times Washington Correspondent Eric Lichtblau looks at what's at stake and reports on new revelations about the program.


Eric Lichtblau

Comments [12]

Eileen from NYC

I wanted to elaborate more about the intent issue, but unfortunately, Brian didn't get back to us. If the intent is legitimate, why won't the gov't operate within the confines (rudimentary as they are) of the FISA law?

The FISA Courts have turned down only a handful of warrant requests. I believe it's less than 100 out of tens of thousands of requests. Also, the gov't has the right to start an "urgent" wiretap and go to the court up to 72 hours later. Why won't they comply with the law? There must be a reason!

Dec. 17 2007 11:43 AM
hjs from 11211

i sent emails to my senators i wish i known this was happening last week.

Dec. 17 2007 11:41 AM
J.C. from Minneapolis

I have to shake my head in disbelief at the caller who thought it was so bad to question the government on this issue. I guess Big Brother should bug all of our phones without the need to demonstrate to a court the existence of reasonable suspicion. Heck, let's just set up cameras in everyone's house....

Anyway, since this issue seems to be one of myriad issues over which Bush and Co. only selectively release information, I think it's time to reform the laws on classified info. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the law says that president can generally classify and declassify anything he wants. What an unbelievable opportunity to abuse power and hide embarassing information.

I think we should consider setting up a classification board consisting of the President, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate Majority Leader. That way if the two congressional leaders agreed that something should be declassified, it would be done, and the president could no longer hide been the veil of classified info and just expect everyone to trust him (by the way, I'm always look in wonder at the Republican Party that runs campagins about distrusting government and then turns around and trusts a single person to tell us the truth about what the White House is up to).

That's just an idea.

Dec. 17 2007 11:28 AM
Paulo from Paterson, New Jersey

Don't question the intention of your government... what a wonderful message! That's what this country was founded upon.. complete, blind and unyielding trust in your government........

Dec. 17 2007 11:20 AM
George from Bklyn

I vaguely remember a Qwest exec, Nacchio, who it is claimed is being targeted for SEC prosecution because he did not cooperate.

There was also the death of a Greek engineer (in Greece) who was linked to bugging there.

Dec. 17 2007 11:17 AM

Call, call call
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Dodd (call to cheer him on)
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Dec. 17 2007 11:17 AM
hjs from 11211

again we he about this now with no time to do anything about it.

Dec. 17 2007 11:17 AM

Not sure what the big deal is (and the fake shock): Singapore and several Communist countries have been doing this since the middle 90s -- always with the expertise and equipment of US firms.

It's the audio version of security cameras!

Dec. 17 2007 11:15 AM
Steve from Manhattan

Please ask Eric to talk about the prosecution of Qwest's CEO as it relates to their refusal to cooperate with the Bush Administration.

Dec. 17 2007 11:12 AM

Dodd is speaking on C-SPAN2 right now.

Dec. 17 2007 11:11 AM

Second that request to read the 4th amendment. And all listeners call your senators and tell them to support Senator Dodd.

Dec. 17 2007 11:11 AM
Robert goldman from east village

Please read on the air the 4th amendment to the Constitution- the Constitution that our elected officials have sworn to defend and uphold. Thanks

Dec. 17 2007 11:06 AM

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