Warrantless domestic spying, and telecom immunity - Journal of Omnifarious
Dec. 17th, 2007
02:51 pm - Warrantless domestic spying, and telecom immunity
Just in case any of you aren't on the ACLU watch list...
Today the senate is going to be looking at a couple of bills dealing with the whole warrantless spying issue.
Now, some of you might think that this just involves traffic analysis (i.e. who called whom, when and for how long) for calls starting or terminating in a foreign country, and so is in the not-so-illegal realm. You would be wrong in thinking this. One should always expect government to abuse any power it has, and this one is no exception. It has recently come to light that the NSA wanted Qwest to give them access to communications switches that dealt primarly in domestic calls. And they not only wanted call traffic data, they wanted the contents of the calls. Discussions surrounding this request included no mentions of any sort of limits confining data collected to international calls.
Additionally, other documents and sources reveal that all this data is being used in run-of-the-mill drug cases, not just for terrorism as we were originally assured.
The bills that are before the Senate right now grant the telecommunications companies immunity to liability for having granted the NSA the access they requested in violation of the law. They also grant the power to the government to continue this behavior indefinitely. They must be stopped.
Please look up your Senators and call them to tell them that you do not want these bills passed. The website I pointed at will give you a helpful script to use. The main issues are granting retroactive immunity and legislatively permitting the behavior to continue.