House Dems Reject Telecom Immunity, Offer Compromise

House Democrats today stuck to their guns and rejected telecom immunity for warrantless wiretapping in abscence of a FISA court order :

Locked in a standoff with the White House, House Democrats on Tuesday maintained their refusal to shield from civil lawsuits telecommunications companies that helped the government eavesdrop on their customers without a secret court's permission.

But they offered the companies an olive branch: the chance to use classified government documents to defend themselves in court.

The ACLU says the compromise is an improvement but there are still concerns.

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    Maybe someone has some sense (none / 0) (#1)
    by Florida Resident on Tue Mar 11, 2008 at 07:17:14 PM EST
    in the Hill?

    Perhaps (none / 0) (#2)
    by 0 politico on Tue Mar 11, 2008 at 07:23:40 PM EST
    we're seeing a little backbone...

    One can only dream (none / 0) (#3)
    by Florida Resident on Tue Mar 11, 2008 at 07:25:22 PM EST
    Heh (none / 0) (#4)
    by Steve M on Tue Mar 11, 2008 at 07:34:24 PM EST
    Good for the House Dems!

    A shame they failed to override Bush's torture veto, though.  I really wish we could have brought that up in the Senate first to nail McCain, but maybe it wouldn't have worked out quite like I hoped.

    Reports (none / 0) (#5)
    by waldenpond on Tue Mar 11, 2008 at 07:46:26 PM EST
    Any reports on which Dems stood up?  I get tired of contacting my reps on some of these issues.