The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Danny O'Brien sez,
News broke last night that Democrat senators were going to cave to the White House's demand for ful retroactive immunity to US phone companies who broke the law and allowed the authorities to conduct warrantless wiretapping on their customers.
Now presidential candidate Chris Dodd has declared he will put a senatorial "hold" on any bill that includes immunity.
That freezes consideration of the bill in the senate. Dodd is expected to come under heavy pressure to back down, and the battle to ram telco amnesty in the House of Representatives will get even more forceful. Call your reps now and tell them to take a stand with Dodd.
See also: EFF to Dems: don't let AT&T off the hook for illegal spying!
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