Thursday, May 11, 2006

Can You Hear Me Now?

NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls

By Leslie Cauley, USA TODAY

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.

The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans - most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.
Full story here.

As an extra-ordinary American, I am obviously appalled by this. Clearly the terrorists have won.

Be sure to contact your elected representative and your telephone company (keeping in mind that ALL of it is being watched/listened to) and let them know how you feel about this.


22 Comments:

At May 11, 2006 1:51 PM, Blogger Kvatch said...

Before Bu$hCo was talking about 10's of thousands. Now it's 10's of millions. That means that 1 in 30 Americans are suspects that need to be monitored?

The mind boggles.

 
At May 11, 2006 4:02 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

You definitely need to be monitored. I've never met a more seditious frog in my life. I'll bake a cake with a file in it for when they take you to Guantanamo. And when I end up in the cell next to yours, pass me the file, ok?

 
At May 11, 2006 4:49 PM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

The fourth amendment? Never heard of it...

 
At May 11, 2006 6:15 PM, Blogger Lily said...

Oh he's a crazy amphibian allright!

Yes, this does seem to be a bit ridiculous. All in the name of safety, huh.

 
At May 11, 2006 10:32 PM, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

we are headed toward a police state

 
At May 12, 2006 1:42 AM, Blogger sumo said...

We are headed for revolution. Oh...yeah viva!

 
At May 12, 2006 8:16 AM, Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Forget searching for WMD, somebody find the Constitution.

 
At May 12, 2006 9:33 AM, Blogger That Damned Jezebel said...

Right, patricia. good point.

 
At May 12, 2006 10:18 AM, Blogger Jeremy said...

Check this article out. I've posted on a few comments today.

It's the free republic's outrage of the discovery of Clinton's NSA surveillance:

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3a27337612f5.htm

Check out the tone in the first few paragraphs:
Seven judges on a secret court have authorized all but one of over 7,500 requests to spy in the name of National Security. They meet in secret, with no published orders, opinions, or public record. Those spied on May never know of the intrusion. Now, Clinton has expanded the powers to include not only electronic, but physical searches.

The aftershock of the Oklahoma City bombing sent Congress scurrying to trade off civil liberties for an illusion of public safety. A good ten weeks before that terrible attack, however with a barely noticed pen stroke President Bill Clinton virtually killed off the Fourth Amendment when he approved a law to expand the already extraordinary powers of the strangest creation in the history of the federal judiciary.


One conservative commenter had this to say:
This is one of those ideas that has a valid purpose behind it, but is wide open to terrible abuse. And there's no way to check to see if it is abused.

Like all things that don't have the light of day shining on them, you can be sure that it is being twisted to suit the purposes of those who hold the power.


How things have changed, eh?

 
At May 12, 2006 4:17 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Good find, Jeremy. How things have changed indeed, now that the shoe is on the other foot.

 
At May 12, 2006 7:16 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Qwest was the only phone company that did not turn over information...time to switch?

 
At May 12, 2006 7:16 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Qwest was the only phone company that did not turn over information...time to switch?

 
At May 12, 2006 7:16 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Qwest was the only phone company that did not turn over information...time to switch?

 
At May 12, 2006 7:16 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Qwest was the only phone company that did not turn over information...time to switch?

 
At May 12, 2006 7:16 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Qwest was the only phone company that did not turn over information...time to switch?

 
At May 12, 2006 8:22 PM, Blogger Rory Shock said...

yep ... we must not tolerate this shit ...

 
At May 12, 2006 11:30 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Glenda, now you're just being silly.

 
At May 13, 2006 9:40 AM, Blogger enigma4ever said...

I think Glenda hit redial too many times...Yup..this shit can not be tolerated- and POP was right we should all start looking for the Constitution ASAP...screw the WMD myth...our Constitution was REAL and it mattered- so are these assholes going to say it doesn't matter cause it was written before we had phones?

( and has anybody else wondered if Hayden has a connection to King George's missing Airforce past ? or is it just me?)

 
At May 13, 2006 9:40 AM, Blogger enigma4ever said...

I think Glenda hit redial too many times...Yup..this shit can not be tolerated- and POP was right we should all start looking for the Constitution ASAP...screw the WMD myth...our Constitution was REAL and it mattered- so are these assholes going to say it doesn't matter cause it was written before we had phones?

( and has anybody else wondered if Hayden has a connection to King George's missing Airforce past ? or is it just me?)

 
At May 13, 2006 9:40 AM, Blogger enigma4ever said...

I think Glenda hit redial too many times...Yup..this shit can not be tolerated- and POP was right we should all start looking for the Constitution ASAP...screw the WMD myth...our Constitution was REAL and it mattered- so are these assholes going to say it doesn't matter cause it was written before we had phones?

( and has anybody else wondered if Hayden has a connection to King George's missing Airforce past ? or is it just me?)

 
At May 13, 2006 9:41 AM, Blogger enigma4ever said...

I think Glenda hit redial too many times...Yup..this shit can not be tolerated- and POP was right we should all start looking for the Constitution ASAP...screw the WMD myth...our Constitution was REAL and it mattered- so are these assholes going to say it doesn't matter cause it was written before we had phones?

( and has anybody else wondered if Hayden has a connection to King George's missing Airforce past ? or is it just me?)

 
At May 21, 2006 10:15 AM, Blogger Helen Wheels said...

The redial seems to have a glitch!

Great graphic! Well, I guess Hayden is the final straw for breaking the CIA's back. I guess it's just being dissolved. That ought to suit shrubco just fine. No more worries about leaks, anyway. But what about the terrists? They'll know we have no CIA! How's he gonna 'splain that one?

 

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