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September 28, 2009

LOCAL HEROES: FOUR SENATORS INTRODUCE BILL CANCELING TELECOM IMMUNITY

Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Russ Feingold (D-WI), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) will introduce introduce a bill which eliminates retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies that allegedly participated in President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program. "Granting retroactive immunity to companies that went along with the illegal warrantless wiretapping program was unjustified and undermined the rule of law," Feingold said. "Congress should not have short-circuited the courts' constitutional role in assessing the legality of the program. This bill is about ensuring that the law is followed and providing accountability for the American people."

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