Tuesday, October 16, 2007

We never stop working for you the Feds

"Sure, what else you need? Credit card numbers, pin numbers, social security? Mmm, I got it all, baby."

Verizon Communications, the nation's second-largest telecom company, told congressional investigators that it has provided customers' telephone records to federal authorities in emergency cases without court orders hundreds of times since 2005.

The company said it does not determine the requests' legality or necessity because to do so would slow efforts to save lives in criminal investigations.
Verizon and AT&T said it was not their role to second-guess the legitimacy of emergency government requests.
Funny, Congress has said the same thing. I'm surprised the Fed's Can You Hear Me Now campaign hasn't been a question at a Democratic presidential debate:

"If the only way to stop a nuclear device from going off in Washington, D.C. during a Redskins' playoff game, which would kill millions including football-loving voters who have come together in their shared love of the gridiron and the camaraderie that it engenders, the national and foreign sporting press, and the precious, precious children of those football-loving voters who only wanted to sip hot chocolate while learning about a great American tradition, was to forsake wasting such very valuable time getting a warrant and immediately listening on a person-to-person, incoming foreign call, would you do it? Senator Clinton?"

Anyway, the rest of the article had a few corporate toadies playing Sergeant Schultz - the government and the corporations in cahoots; now, where have I heard that before - and of course, a government tool blathering on about something or other, best demonstrated by the conversation one will never, ever have with a Bush administration official:

"Uh, this isn't going to be about National Security, is it?"
"All things are about National Security, Homer. Except this."


pissed off patricia said...

But, but, but, I thought they were only listening in on terrorist calling the US from outside the country. You mean that was a fu*king lie? This administration lied to us? I'm so freakin' shocked!

(snark bite)

Randal Graves said...

Um, you want to keep it down? Some al-Qaeda operative might be trolling the blogs, and I know *I* don't want to be responsible for giving away enough secrets to where they'll adapt and change strategery!

First we listen to their phone conversations, next thing, our operatives are following them - oops, I've said too much.

Snave said...

Jack Bauer Syndrome. In the future it may be listed in the DSM-IV medical codes as an actual disorder. I see it as a disorder, anyway. Damn that program...

Randal Graves said...

The most annoying aspect of that whole thing is the "Hollywood is the immoral Satan!" trope endlessly recycled, yet they keep on tossing out actors for office and worship Jack Bauer as the greatest American hero since John Wayne. They're consistent with their inconsistency, so we have to hand that to them.