Friday December 30, 2011

Court OKs Immunity For Telecoms in Wiretap Case

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling on something we've all known for a while now...big telecoms have complete legal immunity from prosecution when helping the government eavesdrop on you.

"It emphasized that electronic intelligence gathering depends in great part on cooperation from private companies ... and that if litigation were allowed to proceed against persons allegedly assisting in such activities, 'the private sector might be unwilling to cooperate with lawful government requests in the future,'" Judge M. Margaret McKeown said.