AT&T provided National Security Agency eavesdroppers with full access to its customers’ phone calls, and shunted its customers’ internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room in its San Francisco switching center, according to a former AT&T worker cooperating in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s lawsuit against the company.

This means…

(A) Some crank is making up stuff because he’s trying hurt the Great Leader
(B) The government is only spying on al Qaeda members calling in to the US, but needs to have access to all internal domestic traffic just in case those people all agree to join al Qaeda and start calling or emailing their friends and family, to recruit them
(C) The government is spying on HUGE numbers of people
(D) This guy saw a broom closet and thought it was Xenu’s lair.

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  • Or
    (E) This is all part of ECHELON. A program that began WAY before Bush became president.
    Or
    (F) This is a late April Fools Day joke
    Or
    (G) There is no such wiretapping program. It’s all made up by Big Media to discredit Bush and every story that comes out about it is just another piece of the conspiracy puzzle.

    Anyway, he is from San Francisco, not a very Bush friendly city, but if it turns out that the administration is listening to my phone call to Uncle Steve about Grandma Ann’s birthday, example, then I’ll stand right with you BH. But until there’s actual proof that thats happening, and this isn’t it, I’ll continue to support the program.


  • I say its A


  • Chris,

    I agree with (E) … but even under Eschelon, WARRANTS WERE OBTAINED.


  • But Echelon did not require hardware installed domestically. The point was to use overseas partners to gather in domestic US communication. The point was to get around the FISA requirement by using the dubious rational that it was OK for the UK to spy on US citizens and then share it with us. I consider this unconstitutional. Now, however, Bush declares proudly that he doesn’t need to follow US law, and declares that he will continue breaking it. That more than unconstitional, that’s treason.


  • Think I would rather be safe than sorry over this one…..


  • > Think I would rather be safe than sorry over this one…..

    Safety lies in opposing the program and standing up for American values, but I fear that you mean you’d prefer to sacrifice liberty in pursuit of a little temporary safety.


  • (c)

    The government’s intelligence is so screwed up, to get terrorists, we have to spy on everyone with huge data-mining programs.

    But IC is right; this program was around before Bush, which is why we need to keep a sharp eye on all presidents.

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