Americans have never accepted the Nuremberg defense of "I was just following orders" -- until now.
If the new FISA bill passes the Senate next week, it will allow the telecommunication companies to plead, just as the Nazis did, that they were just following orders from the government. This will be sufficient for them to avoid accountability for their illegal actions.
It is shameful that an American law contains this defense. It is imperative that the clauses embodying the Nuremberg defense be removed from the bill before it passes.
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