posted on Jun, 17 2006 @ 01:49 PM
In California, at least, releasing customer information without prior consent or duly sworn court order Is in direct violation of the State's
Public Utilities Code, section #2891.
This is a point I've made in several previous posts. And toward the idea of "walking the walk, not just talking the talk", on May 02,2006 I filled
an official complaint with the California PUC, alleging that:
"By allowing the National Security Agency (NSA), an agency of the United States federal government, to utilize its equipment to monitor and/or
intercept the telephone and internet communications of its customers, without the required notification or legally issued warrant, AT&T and
others knowingly and willfully have violated Section #2891 of the California Public Utilities Code."
The way the code section is written, all that is required is to prove that customer data, as outlined by the provisions of the code, was released
without notification or warrant; facts which the government had already publically admitted. The technology employed by the government, be it
classified or open, is non sequentur to the alleged violation.
Under the code, it doesn't matter How the NSA got the data from AT&T, but rather that AT&T Allowed the government, through the
NSA, to get thier customer's data, without the required notification or warrant!