[funsec] A Sad Day For America: Senate Approves Telco Immunity

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at appelbaum.net
Wed Jul 9 20:41:56 CDT 2008


Larry Seltzer wrote:
>>> How is this not a text book example of an ex post factor Law?
> 
> Actually, it's the exact opposite of an ex-post facto law, which makes
> an act illegal after the fact. This law makes something legal, or at
> least removes civil liability, after the fact.
> 

Uh, an amnesty[0] law of this sort is categorized as an ex-post facto
law[1]:

"Conversely, a form of ex post facto law commonly known as an amnesty
law may decriminalize certain acts or alleviate possible punishments
(for example by replacing the death sentence with life-long
imprisonment) retroactively."

Are you trying to say that Amnesty isn't being granted? Or are you
trying to say that ex-post facto laws are only counted as such when
making an act illegal?

Isn't that incorrect? Isn't this both an ex-post facto law and
specifically an amnesty law at that?

-
Jacob

[0] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amnesty_law
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex_post_facto_law


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