EFF Sues AT&T Over NSA Eavesdropping
February 1, 2006 12:38 AM
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The EFF and AT&T are heading to court over allegations that the phone company violated the privacy of its customers
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is currently sueing AT&T for helping the National Security Agency (NSA) execute wiretaps on American citizens without filing warrants. The EFF alledges that not only did AT&T let the NSA intercept and analyze millions of phone calls made by Americans, but the company has also been accused of giving the NSA direct access to databases of communication records.
There is much more on the subject from the EFF Class Action Lawsuit page
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What Else Is New?
2/1/2006 5:02:41 PM
Until the FBI breaks down my door in the middle of dinner to arrest me for saying "President" and "bomb" in the same sentence in a phone call, I really don't care what the NSA hears. Warrants tend to hard to obtain without overwhelming evidence of wrong-doing, and by the time there is overwhelming evidence, a phone tap is typically redundant. If the NSA puts the crimp on one major crime or one terrorist activity using illegal phone taps, then it's worth it.
It's not like the NSA is going to "borrow" your credit card and buy $10000 worth of stereo equipment on it, or tell your wife that you might be having an affair...
RE: What Else Is New?
5/27/2006 11:37:41 PM
The NSA doesn't, but the FBI does. The FBI made threats to my girl friends's dad for not disclosing private information about one of his clients he defended in court. Threats like deporting his illegal immigrant wife (before they got married), jailtime for treason, and excessive phone taps and other methods of surveillance.
We don't mind government agencies wire tapping looking for possible future terrorists, but we do mind these agencies that abuse thier power.
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