Senate gives retroactive immunity to carriers on wiretapping

The U.S. Senate passed legislation yesterday that overhauls the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 and gives retroactive immunity to carriers that carried out wiretaps for the government, without warrants, post 9/11. Carriers AT&T, Verizon Communications and Sprint Nextel were all facing lawsuits for their roles in the wiretaps. Now those lawsuits will be thrown out.  article