Monday, May 15, 2006

We're Paying To Be Spied Upon!

One thing that I don't hear talked about a lot is the fact that the telcos did not give our records to the government; they sold them to the government. Note that the companies were not required to turn over the records to the NSA. If they had been required to cooperate by law, then Qwest would not have had the option not to cooperate.

The companies that did cooperate - AT&T, BellSouth and Verizon - are reported to be operating 'under contract' with the NSA. 'Under contract' means for a consideration. So, it is not unreasonable to infer that there is not a sufficient legal basis to require the phone records to be turned over to the NSA.

And, since the NSA, a government agency, has bought our records, whose money do you think they used to purchase these records? That's right, Einstein. Yours and mine.

Our tax dollars at work.

That should make us all sleep a little better, shouldn't it?

5 comments:

SB Gypsy said...

Every time I think I've plumbed the depths of disgust for this administration, something else happens to make me retch.

Alicia said...

"the depths of disgust" - you've got that right! Every day, in every way...

DivaJood said...

At least I have Working Assets for my long distance. But SBC is now AT&T and SBC/AT&T is my local carrier. I may never use my phone again.

Smoke signals from now on.

Alicia said...

II have SBC/AT&T too; when I first started with them it was Pacbell...I wish I could switch. Although, since Qwest sold their YellowPages (database) to the Carlyle Group, I don't think they're all that great, either. I have a little independent company for my long distance.

I'm with you w/ the smoke signals. Wish I could chuck them all.

karena said...

Alicia, that really pisses me off.