POLITICS
03/28/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Conyers: Classified Docs Show Telecoms Don't Need Immunity

House Judiciary Committee Democrats say they analyzed the telecom spying documents they've sought for more than a year and have come to the conclusion the phone and internet companies don't deserve retroactive amnesty for charges they spied illegally on Americans.

Instead, they say, the telecoms should be freed from the confines of the so-called "state secrets privilege" and be able to show their documents to the federal judge overseeing the 38 or so cases pending against companies such as Sprint, AT&T and Verizon.

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