The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Brennan Center for Justice said they oppose any plan to develop a compromise under which telcos would gain immunity from financial penalty for their role in the federal government's domestic spying program.
Sen. Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.) of the Senate Judiciary Committee first suggested that perhaps court cases against telcos involved in the program could be allowed to proceed, but without the threat of financial losses for them. The Judiciary Committee may rule this Thursday on whether or not telco immunity will be part of new surveillance legislation.
- See this story in The Wall Street Journal (Sub. req.)