House Adds Concession for Telecoms in Spying Bill

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The House passed a revamped Democratic bill to expand government spying powers Friday. Unlike the Senate bill, this one does not include retroactive immunity for telephone companies being sued for allegedly cooperating in the government's program to spy on Americans without court warrants.

To solve the impasse over immunity, the House bill would let the phone companies present classified documents in their defense to a federal court, which would then determine whether they acted legally.



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