House Surveillance Bill Contains Provision to Aid Telecom Suits | Talking Points Memo

As The New York Times reports this morning, the House leadership’s draft proposal for a surveillance bill contains a provision that would reject giving retroactive immunity to the telecoms. Instead, it would give the courts authorization to hear the classified material at issue in the case — in essence disposing with the administration’s claim of the state secrets privilege. I had a senior House aide walk me through the proposal, which is sure to infuriate the administration.

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