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Stuart Taylor, Jr. on telecom immunity



He's for the bill (nonsubscriber link works only temporarily):...

doubts about the legality of Bush's actions are no justification for holding hostage telecoms that relied on the administration's assurances of legality and were in no position to second-guess its assertions that the surveillance program was essential to national security.

Not, that is, unless we want to risk that the telecoms, credit card companies, banks, airlines, hospitals, and other private companies -- whose cooperation is essential to finding terrorists before they strike -- will balk or delay when the next president seeks their help in an emergency.

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Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute
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Manhattan Institute
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