FISA: AG Nominee Holder Gives Assurance on Telecom Immunity

From the Washington Times, a report that Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) will not block the nomination of Eric Holder to be attorney general because of assurances Holder gave that the Obama Administration will not prosecute intelligence officers or Bush appointees for pursuing “enhanced interrogations.”

Mr. Bond also said that Mr. Holder told him in a private meeting Tuesday that he will not strip the telecommunications companies that cooperated with the National Security Agency after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks of retroactive legal immunity from civil lawsuits — removing another potential sticking point among GOP senators.

Guaranteeing civil immunity for the telecommunications companies that assisted in what they understood to be lawful surveillance of foreign communication was necessary for enactment last year of the FISA Amendments Act, clear recognition that the private sector should not be punished for assisting authorities in preventing terrorists from blowing up Americans. See earlier posts.

The comments have prompted some dancing from Holder’s camp and supporters, but we regard Senator Bond as reliable on intelligence matters, always.

(Hat tip: Andy McCarthy.)

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