Can telcos defend wiretapping follow-through?

As Congress continues to be split over the issue of retroactive telco community, Light Reading asks the question that many of us have been wondering about: Were telcos justified in supporting warrantless wiretaps because they were just following government orders? I don't know that LR gets much closer to a direct answer, though it may answer another: Can the telcos defend themselves? The story quotes unnamed legal and former law enforcement sources saying that telcos may be able to defend their actions based on the idea they were simply following a valid government order to do so. There's also the suggestion that for privacy groups leading the lawsuit charge against telcos, the telcos are merely stand-ins for the federal government.

For more:
- read this report at Light Reading

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