Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Immunity for telecommunications companies is a related issue

I wanted to mention a website that encourages the public to contact Congress to stop illegal or unsupervised spying on Americans domestically, and particularly (and this is why it is a telecommunications issue for this blog), measures that would provide immunity to telecommunications carriers when they engage in illegal spying activities.

The site is Stopthespying.

Cindy Cohn has an article posted on Electronic Frontier Foundation today "Bloggers and Others Push Presidential Candidates on Immunity," here.

In 2005, there was an important independent film from Screen Media Films and Red Envelope, "This Revolution," directed by Stephen Marshall, where Nathan Crooker plays a journalist who, when covering the 2004 Republican Convention in New York City, discovers that his big media corporate employer has been paid off by the government to turn over his videotapes to Homeland Security. This is essentially a film rendition of the telecommunications "immunity" problem. The film had a limited theatrical release in "arthouses" in 2006.

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