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Supreme Court won't review telecom immunity for surveillance
Reuters ^ | 10/9/2012

Posted on 10/09/2012 4:25:28 PM PDT by markomalley

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a 2008 federal law granting immunity to phone companies for helping the government eavesdrop on private phone conversations.

The decision is the latest in which the court has refused to review government surveillance practices adopted since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The case involved 33 lawsuits brought against the phone companies in 2006 after news reports that the government had conducted warrantless surveillance.

Phone customers alleged that AT&T Inc, Sprint Nextel Corp, Verizon Communications Inc and others violated federal and state law.

In reaction to the suits, Congress in 2008 passed Section 802 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which gave the Attorney General the power to grant legal immunity to anyone providing assistance to the intelligence community.

Then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey used that discretion to block the 33 suits, which were dismissed.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: scotustelcom; telcomimmunity

1 posted on 10/09/2012 4:25:30 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Independent oversight of the federal government by...the federal government. The system works (for the government).

2 posted on 10/09/2012 4:30:32 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

Another thing that needs to be repealed.

3 posted on 10/09/2012 5:03:39 PM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: Surrounded_too

Or absolute immunity/statutory pardon for any domestic crime.

4 posted on 10/09/2012 5:06:32 PM PDT by Surrounded_too
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