Saturday, May 13, 2006

Thank You Qwest dot Org

Thank You Qwest! for not giving our phone records to the NSA for illegal spying on Americans. AT&T, Bellsouth and Verizon all caved, and gave the NSA the phone records of Americans and their calls withIN the United States.
The website quotes articles from USA Today, who broke the story, and Bruce Schneier, a noted security expert who I've quoted before, wrote in Wired, what some of the issues are.
Highlight of the USA Today article from the site:
…Trying to put pressure on Qwest, NSA representatives pointedly told Qwest that it was the lone holdout among the big telecommunications companies.

It also tried appealing to Qwest’s patriotic side: In one meeting, an NSA representative suggested that Qwest’s refusal to contribute to the database could compromise national security, one person recalled.

In addition, the agency suggested that Qwest’s foot-dragging might affect its ability to get future classified work with the government.

Like other big telecommunications companies, Qwest already had classified contracts and hoped to get more.
…”It’s the largest database ever assembled in the world,” said one person, who, like the others who agreed to talk about the NSA’s activities, declined to be identified by name or affiliation. The agency’s goal is “to create a database of every call ever made” within the nation’s borders, this person added.

…The usefulness of the NSA’s domestic phone-call database as a counterterrorism tool is unclear. Also unclear is whether the database has been used for other purposes.

Go to the site and post a comment to thank Qwest for protecting their customers against illegal search and seizure.
Thank You Qwest dot Org

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