The project was described in the ATT sales division documents as calling for the construction of a facility to store and retain data gathered by the NSA from its domestic and foreign intelligence operations but was to be in actuality a duplicate ATT Network Operations Center for the use and possession of the NSA that would give the NSA direct, unlimited, unrestricted and unfettered access to all call information and internet and digital traffic on ATT’s long distance network. […]
The NSA program was initially conceived at least one year prior to 2001 but had been called off; it was reinstated within 11 days of the entry into office of defendant George W. Bush.
So, the utterly illegal NSA warrantless wiretapping was conceived under Bill Clinton’s administration, and was intended to give the NSA “direct, unlimited, unrestricted and unfettered access to all call information and internet and digital traffic on ATT’s long distance network.” I guess we can all look forward to regaining our Constitutional rights with Hillary Clinton being the presumptive nominee in 2008. Jiminy fucking Christmas. Then within days of taking office, Bush starts the program seven months before 9/11, WHICH CHANGED EVERYTHING! Nacchio gets politically prosecuted for standing up against unreasonable search, the scummy telecoms (who will never get my personal business) get quite rich off the deal at taxpayer expense, and Congress decides to grant them retroactive immunity for their lawlessness.
Honestly, what’s left to say about this country? Just fucking wow.
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Oct 16 2007