The Laws of The Land

You know this AT&T + NSA deal is still just plain wrong on so many levels.

Look at this from C|net news this morning:

AT&T may be referring to an obscure section of federal law, 18 U.S.C. 2511, which permits a telecommunications company to provide “information” and “facilities” to the federal government as long as the attorney general authorizes it. The authorization must come in the form of “certification in writing by…the Attorney General of the United States that no warrant or court order is required by law.”

as well as this:

Some legal experts say that AT&T may be off the hook if former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was in office at the time the NSA program began, provided a letter of certification. (Other officials, including the deputy attorney general and state attorneys general, also are authorized to write these letters.)

OK, great. So, AT&T may be off the hook because they’re just doing what the Administration authorized. Also, keep in mind which side of the aisle I have a tendency to favor in the voting booth… Who’s in power right now? Yeah, my guys are sure making me proud right now 😦 Still, if the Bush White House or any other AG in the US even hinted that such a letter was coming… It bodes very badly for the party in November.

Worse, it bodes very badly for the rest of us right now! I’d suggest writing letters to your Senators and Representatives RFN! This is just plain wrong.

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