Thursday, May 11, 2006

Every. Call. You. Make.

So much for the Fourth Amendment.

USAToday reports that the National Security Agency has created a database of just about every phone call made in this country since 9/11/01. Only Qwest has refused to turn over records.

Every. Call. You. Make.

The NSA has a record of it. They're running it through computers.

They know where you live.

Where your bill goes. How it gets paid.

Who you call. How long you talk with them. How often you call.

This is not a limited surveillance program.

This is not a Constitutional government.

Where is the Congressional oversight?

Where are the checks and balances?

Where are your rights as citizens?

What about this?


GumboFilé said...

Comments of Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, The Cato Institute, on the revelation of a secret database of Americans' phone calls:

"It is sometimes an exaggeration to talk about Big Brother. In this case, it is not."

"Congratulations are due to Qwest, the one telecommunications company that resisted the NSA's demand for information because of concerns about its legality. Jeers are due to AT&T, Verizon, and BellSouth, who have violated the privacy of their customers. It is not patriotic to obey the demands of government officials. It is patriotic to hold government officials to the laws and the Constitution."

John said...


Qwest has some of its long-haul fiber in lafayette. There's now additional reason to drop AT&T as a supplier... and a pretty good reason to pick up Qwest.

BellSouth will sell us out to Big Brother for a few sheckels.

Qwest won't turn our phone switching logs over to the first jackbooted federale that asks.

(I've said before and I'll say again: we've got much more to fear from big corporations invading our privacy for their profit than we do from our local government.)