Thursday, May 11, 2006

Telecoms gave your phone records to NSA

At Americablog, John Aravosis calls our attention to the revelation, unveiled last night by USA Today, that the White House domestic spy program, conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA), is worse than most have feared, and its scope stands in direct contradiction to President Bush's assertion that only calls and e-mails that involved one overseas party were targeted.

Non, mes amis, non! Qui est le target de ce programme? Vous, mes amis, vous!

That's right, darlings, there's not an American who's not in the NSA's sights. And it's all been done with the cooperation of telephone service providers -- with one notable exception: Qwest, the Colorado-based telecom. However, if your service is provided by AT&T, Verizon or BellSouth, you're totally screwed.

As part of his post, Mr. Aravosis provides handy links to instructions for encrypting your e-mail. It's really come to that.

Can't wait to find out what Gen. Michael Hayden, who oversaw this transgression of the Bill of Rights while he was NSA chief, has in store for us when he ascends to the helm of the CIA. Will Americans be "disappeared" to Guantanamo? Oh, wait -- I forgot that that's already happened.

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