NSA Spying Relies on AT&T'S "Extreme Willingness to Help"

Razer Rayzer at riseup.net
Tue Aug 18 09:27:32 PDT 2015

On 08/16/2015 09:47 AM, Shelley wrote:
> Nothing we didn't know or expect, just more confirmation/proof that
> AT&T & Verizon are all too eager to get on their knees for the NSA.
> https://www.propublica.org/article/nsa-spying-relies-on-atts-extreme-willingness-to-help
> Also worth a look: how they connected the dots, supporting documents.
> https://www.propublica.org/article/a-trail-of-evidence-leading-to-atts-partnership-with-the-nsa
> (Apologies for not including the article text, I'm currently mobile.)
> -S

Institute for Public Accuracy has issued a press release from AT&T
whistleblower Mark Klein. Klein was the AT&T technician who blew the
whistle on AT&T’s cooperation with the NSA in 2006.


> “The documents prove I was right, and if a court had been willing to
> allow the Electronic Frontier Foundation lawsuit against AT&T to go
> forward, we would have won. But Congress knowingly put a retroactive
> pseudo-‘legal’ stamp on the violations of law and the Constitution,
> and the courts accepted it. Both parties are to blame, all three
> branches of government are culpable.
> “I’d gotten my story out through the New York Times in April 2006
> after the Los Angeles Times had killed it. The editor who killed the
> story was Dean Baquet — who is now executive editor at the New York Times.
> “Obama had campaigned against immunizing the telcos, but by the time
> the vote happened in 2008, he had sewn up the nomination and switched
> sides. It was a betrayal even before he got to the White House.
> “The entire congressional leadership pushed this, especially the ‘gang
> of eight’ who were the ones who actually knew what the immunity was
> about. My own senator, Dianne Feinstein, who was on the intelligence
> committee, wouldn’t even speak with me, she was all about covering up
> for the NSA.
> “Many in congress who voted for the immunity blindly voted to immunize
> a crime details of which they didn’t know or didn’t want to know.
> “It wasn’t just AT&T of course, it was that the Bush administration
> had brazenly violated FISA and of course the Constitution. They didn’t
> have a legal leg to stand on, which is why they needed the immunity.”

There's more, mostly a sitrep, on site.


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