Fourth Amendment

The Qwest Quest

Among the big telecommunications companies, only Qwest has refused to help the NSA, the sources said. According to multiple sources, Qwest declined to participate because it was uneasy about the legal implications of handing over customer information to the government without warrants.
[Leslie Cauley/USAT: NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls (5-11-'06)]

Good review of the issues before they were buried under a two-ton load of freshly-minted Congressional bullshit called "The Compromise".
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With "Protectors" Like This...

Cross posted from TortDeform.Com

"It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad."--James Madison

The significance of this quote, shared by Senator Dodd during hearing statements last fall--can be observed now amidst the newest round of debates over whether telecommunications companies that illegally spied on the American public (by doing things like tracking what blogs we read, reading our emails, listening in on our phone calls, and keeping track of our activity on password protected sites) should be granted retroactive immunity for violating our constitutional right to privacy.

I've ranted about this issue before. But the Administration's apparently increasing gall and contempt for the law notwithstanding, and its undying commitment to shielding corporate friends from the effect of the law aside, let's focus instead on the lie of so-called "liability protection" and what it really means for the public and our civil justice system.