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"The public deserves to know about AT&T's illegal program," said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "In an abundance of caution, we are providing AT&T with an opportunity to explain itself before this material goes on the public docket, but we believe that justice will ultimately require full disclosure."
The NSA program came to light in December, when the New York Times reported that the President had authorized the agency to intercept telephone and Internet communications inside the United States without the authorization of any court. Over the ensuing weeks, it became clear that the NSA program has been intercepting and analyzing millions of Americans' communications, with the help of the country's largest phone and Internet companies, including AT&T.
Originally posted by dgtempe
So, this is the way it is. Its out of our hands, all for the sake of terrorism.
All Domestic calls as well.
Thank you for the link, Koji
Originally posted by koji_K
Quite a lot of BT traffic apparently goes to the NSA station in Menwith Hill, why shouldn't AT&T have the same arrangement?
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive and illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications.
On some level, its true- but not the whole enchilada. This is recent and many other telecommunications companies are said to be involved as well.
Originally posted by Pyros
If you use any form of communication, electronic or otherwise, which is regulated and controlled in some way by the government, you should not have any expectancy of privacy. BTW, thats just the way it is, not necessarily the way it should be.
If you think this is fresh news, or a new capability, you are sadly uninformed.
Originally posted by cranefly
Doesn't that mean that all SBC, AT&T, Verzion, and other consutomers of AT&T(through mergers,etc.), weither it be directly or indirectly could legally sue them for violating the 4th Admendment?
I'm just curious, but then again the NSA will do, what it does.
[edit on 7/5/2006 by cranefly]