The Ninth Circuit has blocked, for now, a court order requiring disclosure of records that would identify the telecommunications companies and their agents that lobbied for an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that immunized companies that cooperated with the Bush Administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. The immunity provision was eventually included in the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and resulted in the dismissal of lawsuits against the telecoms related to the wiretapping program. But numerous records of the discussions that led to passage of this provision have been released under the Freedom of Information Act. What remains undisclosed, for now, are the identities of the telecoms and their agents that actually did the lobbying -- though these must surely rank as some of the world’s most open secrets.