Salon.com has a great piece written by Glenn Greenwald about the telecommunications industry buying immunity.
Let’s just describe very factually and dispassionately what has happened here. Congress — led by Senators, such as Jay Rockefeller, who have received huge payments from the telecom industry, and by privatized intelligence pioneer Mike McConnell, former Chairman of the secretive intelligence industry association that has been demanding telecom amnesty — is going to intervene directly in the pending lawsuits against AT&T and other telecoms and declare them the winners on the ground that they did nothing wrong. Because of their vast ties to the telecoms, neither Rockefeller nor McConnell could ever appropriately serve as an actual judge in those lawsuits.
In fact, the telecom industry already lost in federal court (it’s under appeal now).
Just read what Bush-41-appointed Federal Judge Vaughn Walker — operating out in the open, in an actual court of law, with both sides present and in accordance with due process — ruled when rejecting AT&T’s argument that they are entitled to have the case dismissed because they operated in “good faith” [Decision(.pdf) at p. 68]:
(AT&T cannot seriously contend that a reasonable entity in its position could have believed that the alleged domestic dragnet was legal.)
I agree that judiciating should be left to the judiciary. Once again we see how the current administration is more corrupt than any reasonable person could possibly imagine.