View Full Version : House debates surveillance bill in secret session

03-14-2008, 11:00 AM
The House of Representatives met in secret session Thursday night to debate revisions to federal surveillance laws, closing off the chamber for the first time since 1983 at the request of its Republican minority.

President Bush and his GOP allies have spent weeks pressuring the House to grant retroactive legal immunity to telecommunications companies that took part in the administration's warrantless surveillance program after the September 11 attacks.

The Senate already has voted to protect the phone companies from lawsuits filed by privacy advocates, who argue that the surveillance program was illegal.

Secret sessions were common in the early 1800s, but the House has held only three since 1830, according to the Congressional Research Service. The last was in 1983, to discuss U.S. support for efforts to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua.


03-14-2008, 03:35 PM
House Democrats refuse to delete pending SPY Lawsuits

Congressional Democrats on Tuesday dug in on their refusal to pass a revamped surveillance law that could wipe out 40 lawsuits accusing telephone companies of illegal cooperation with Government spies.


3975 Soldiers who have died giving their lives for George Bushs Lies

03-15-2008, 11:29 AM
Canadians making threads about a political system they know nothing aboooot, take 155,023

03-15-2008, 08:46 PM
I can read up anything, including American politics. You on the other hand, can only read American, right wing, biased articles. When are you going to take your horse shutters off?

03-15-2008, 08:57 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: R W G R</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Canadians making threads about a political system they know nothing aboooot, take 155,023 </div></div>

And you know every thing there is to know as pr usual;this was a friendly thread till.. ... .. .. any half wit can understand..even you!

On a side note:how many laws has Bush violated, later to revise in order to reedemm him=self...and fellow law breakers.Bush is the biggest Terrorist.