Personal Privacy, FISA, and The Phone Company

“Personal privacy is protected because it is essential to liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – Frank Church, 1976

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) just defeated an attempt to pass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which would have provided immunity to telecommunications companies who cooperated with the Bush administration’s secret wiretapping program. But the bill will be back in January, so don’t get complacent.