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ADDED/UPDATE: Keith Olbermann’s ‘Special Comment’ on FISA ….. about protecting the telephone companies who assisted in turning over their customer’s information whether or not – telephone, computer stuff (email, browser/browsing around) TO the government.

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The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY. (Posted 5/10/2006)

One major telecommunications company declined to participate in the program: Qwest.

According to sources familiar with the events, Qwest’s CEO at the time, Joe Nacchio, was deeply troubled by the NSA’s assertion that Qwest didn’t need a court order — or approval under FISA — to proceed. Adding to the tension, Qwest was unclear about who, exactly, would have access to its customers’ information and how that information might be used. . . . . .

. . . . . . The NSA told Qwest that other government agencies, including the FBI, CIA and DEA, also might have access to the database, the sources said. As a matter of practice, the NSA regularly shares its information — known as “product” in intelligence circles — with other intelligence groups. Even so, Qwest’s lawyers were troubled by the expansiveness of the NSA request, the sources said.

The NSA, which needed Qwest’s participation to completely cover the country, pushed back hard

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WASHINGTON – The Bush administration has confirmed for the first time that American telecommunications companies played a crucial role in the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program after asserting for more than a year that any role played by them was a “state secret.”

Here’s more video from Keith’s show with Bush gabbing about ‘da terrerists’ – and more from Jonathan Turley about covering up this crime…..

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telephone.jpgBush is on my TV talking about how Congress and the Democrats don’t love their country because this bill to go after the terrorists intent on destroying us is solely dependent upon the upcoming or something, right. (The House today overwhelmingly rejected an attempt by Democratic leaders to extend a controversial surveillance law by 21 days, increasing pressure on lawmakers to approve White House-backed legislation by the end of the week.”)

AND – if you have this to say:

Terrorists are planning new attacks on our country…that will make Sept. 11 pale by comparison,” Bush said.

Then come OUT WITH IT!! Because I want to know how in the hell you know this. And in knowing this, why not divulge to the American people because some of us think you’re simply full of more shit than before.

He makes me sick. This is NOT about going after “the enemy” as he and his thuglicans like to protest. This is about TELECOM IMMUNITY. this is about AT&T, Cingular (now part of AT&T) – but not Qwest, who demanded a warrant – and other companies who are seeking immunity from prosecution by citizens. I had been with AT&T since getting a cell phone back in 1998 or so. I’m now with Qwest.

Watching the House yesterday debate this on and off (C-SPAN), notiwthstanding interruptions for other things, there was this one dumb ass, Louie Ghomert(R-Tx) who actually said this on the House floor: “Don’t have your terrorist friends call you at home.” I was over at firedoglake when Christy Hardin Smith and I had this small exchange upon hearing that:

Me: Gomert: Did he REALLY say don’t have your terrorist friends call you at home if you’re an American?I can’t take this.

CHS: (In response to Wordsmith @ 75 ) Yes. Yes, he did. “If you don’t want to have a problem, don’t have your terrorist friends call you at home. It’s that simple.” I think that’s a direct quote, although I’d have to run my TIVO back to be certain.

Let them stomp on out of the chamber. Maybe Mr. Boehner will break out those infamous tears of his. But there should not be any backing down on this telecommunications liability. It’s about time that people in Congress realize who they are there to serve and it’s the business and industry – it’s U.S.

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2 Responses

  1. Excellent coverage–thanks!!

  2. I wonder why we never hear mention about how Bush had the telecom companies spying on us well before 9/11? So, if they were doing such a bang up job, how did we get hit on that fateful day? Heck..Bush had a memo handed to him with the title “Bin Laden determined to strike America” on it. The FBI and CIA had plenty of information that they should have used to stop 9/11 and they didn’t even share it with each other. And we’re supposed to trust these bozo’s with listening in on our communication.

    Here’s my take on it…I have the feeling that the only thing the Republican party wants to hear from the public phone calls is what they want to know for their own political gain. Think about it…they don’t have to break into a Watergate Hotel to get what they need to know from the DNC, they just have to ask the FBI to hand over the records, and they want it to be legal, to boot!

    My feeling is, if one company, Qwest, was smart enough to see this was illegal, even if it was the President requesting it, then there is no reason that Verizon or Sprint could have figured that out, also.

    It’s about time the Democrats in the House tell Bush to shove his veto pen where the sun don’t shine.

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