Telecom immunity: a festival of the bizarre

The Economist points out the absurdity of the Bush administration's position on telecom immunity with a post headlined "If we punish lawbreaking, they might not break the law again". I listened to CSPAN yesterday while driving home, and I could swear I heard a Republican legislator make an even more bizarre assertion: that congress shouldn't use its investigative powers to go after the telecoms, because otherwise they wouldn't voluntarily cooperate with the investigation. Since this seemed to be made in response to claims that they were not cooperating with the investigation, I had a hard time understanding what we, the American people, would be losing by this.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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