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April 13, 2006

AT&T built NSA warrrantless wiretap rooms

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Boing Boing JWZ spot an important story on the NSA domestic spying scandal:

AT&T has asked a court to suppress documents leaked to the Electronic Frontier Foundation by an ex-employee detailing how the company indiscriminately diverted domestic and international traffic to the National Security Agency for warrantless wiretapping:
AT&T built a secret room in its San Francisco switching station that funnels internet traffic data from AT&T Worldnet dialup customers and traffic from AT&T's massive internet backbone to the NSA, according to a statement from Klein.
Klein's duties included connecting new fiber-optic circuits to that room, which housed data-mining equipment built by a company called Narus, according to his statement.
Narus' promotional materials boast that its equipment can scan billions of bits of internet traffic per second, including analyzing the contents of e-mails and e-mail attachments and even allowing playback of internet phone calls. [Wired News]


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I saw this on arstechnica yesterday.

This is getting more disturbing as it goes on.

I think to get anywhere on the NSA issue, a second front on the spying issue needs to be opened. Lets see, EFF is suing AT&T for $11,000 per subscriber. That's a huge chunk of change, especially considering new reports that there was more spying on purely domestic communications as well as the eavesdropping as described by the President.

The telecom management have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of their shareholders. So, what was the arrangements that were made between the federal government and telco so that the management concluded that they wouldn't be in violation of their fiduciary duties to their shareholders. What was the quid pro quo? The FCC remonopolized the copper loop in 2003; was there an arrangement to reduce facility based competition to a duopoly between telecom and cable in exchange for cooperation in the NSA spying? Was any stock traded on information not generally available to the public? These non national security issues should be investigated, I think. I don't see telecom subjecting their corporations to potential liability without some arrangement to make it worth their while. Since telco are federally regulated, we have a right to know of such arrangements.

Having worked for that company, I can tell you this is merely one of many capital E evil things they have done.

Good for AT&T. Knew that there was something good about them

By the way, if there were ever a thread that screamed for a caption contest, as in "pick AT&T's new slogan," this is it.
My exposure circa 1960
Edmonton International Airport
Benefit for airtravlers *****
Scouts look into trash barrels
for ashes at the bottom. Most
often they find buts and do not
know who smoked them. " hummour"

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