No-immunity FISA bill fails as deadline nears

With exactly one week to go before the current Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act expires, Congress has yet to agree on a new version, and the key stumbling block remains whether or not to provide retroactive immunity for telcos involved in warrantless wiretapping. Yesterday, momentum swung toward the inclusion of telco immunity in new legislation as the Senate voted down a bill sponsored by Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee that would not have included the provision. Different House and Senate committees--and even the Democratic party itself--have been split on what to do about immunity. Some who supported the bill that was voted down yesterday fear a Congressional stalemate.

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- read this story at The Washington Post

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