08 March 2008

Take My Right to Privacy, Please?!?

Have you ever noticed how The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report, with Steven Colbert, covers news that is not touched by more conventional news reporters?

Not Necessarily the News May be the Best News

Below is the video that makes fun of the Democrats who refused to give retroactive immunity to the telecoms who violated all our civil rights by allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) access to customer voice and data packets, including e-mail and text messages.

Telecoms helped the government spy on American citizens, like you and me, without probable cause or a court order.


Telco Spying Accusations Widen
Babak Pasdar, a computer security consultant, claims in a Feb. 28 seven-page affidavit that the carrier granted the government an open gateway known as the "Quantico circuit" to customer voice and data packets, including e-mail and text messages. Quantico, Va., is the home of a U.S. Marine Corp base and the headquarters of the FBI's electronic surveillance operations.
Pasdar's claims support disclosures made by former AT&T technician Mark Klein, the key witness in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's class-action lawsuit against the telecommunications company, which alleges that AT&T cooperated in an illegal National Security Agency domestic surveillance program.

Wider Spying Fuels Aid Plan for Telecom Industry - New York Times
The same lawsuit accuses Verizon of setting up a dedicated fiber optic line from New Jersey to Quantico, Va., home to a large military base, allowing government officials to gain access to all communications flowing through the carrier’s operations center.
What is Congress Doing?

Last fall, the House passed the RESTORE Act, a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) reform bill that would increase oversight of domestic surveillance and deny retroactive immunity to the telecom companies. However, in February the Senate passed wiretapping reform legislation that gives telecoms like Verizon and AT&T retroactive immunity.

Due to differences in the two bills, leaders of the House and the Senate, in a conference committee, will decide what legislation both bodies will put forward for the President to sign. President Bush has said he will veto any bill that does not include the retroactive immunity clause.

What Should We Do?

Take Action: Tell the House: Strip Retroactive Immunity from FISA Legislation

We need the Democratic leadership in the House to push hard to ensure that the conference committee produces good legislation, with no retroactive immunity.


DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

This whole thing is very spooky... if I was an American citizen, I'd be havin' my $0.02 worth in this.

When you consider the people on the "no fly list" (some of whom were simply political pundits on "the other side" of the current spectrum,) it makes you wonder what might constitute having YOUR communications monitored and noted?

...and although, yea verily, I too have nothing to hide, I don't know how comfortable I am with talking about certain subjects knowing there's a third-party on the line...

Susan Demeter said...

Gahhhhh that is scary!!! More and more around the globe we lose privacy :(

Anonymous said...

I'd have to disagree. Monitoring foreign communications is well within the constitutional purview of the commander in chief.

CyberCelt said...

@matthew-Maybe we need to become code talkers?

@sue-Maybe we never had it.

@thai-I think if we were at war, your words would be true. I do not think the occupation of Iraq qualifies.

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