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Sunday, July 02, 2006

9/11 changed everything, NOT!

Bloomberg -- Spy Agency Sought U.S. Call Records Before 9/11, Lawyers Say (emphasis mine):
June 30 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. National Security Agency asked AT&T Inc. to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, lawyers claimed June 23 in court papers filed in New York federal court.

The allegation is part of a court filing adding AT&T, the nation's largest telephone company, as a defendant in a breach of privacy case filed earlier this month on behalf of Verizon Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. customers. The suit alleges that the three carriers, the NSA and President George W. Bush violated the Telecommunications Act of 1934 and the U.S. Constitution, and seeks money damages.

"The Bush Administration asserted this became necessary after 9/11," plaintiff's lawyer Carl Mayer said in a telephone interview. "This undermines that assertion."
But, we're protecting you from the terrorists! Seriously, these people need to be stopped. Did we learn nothing from the Nixon administration? The Cheney Bush administration are the dead-enders from that era! They're calling a mulligan, and the press are inordinately silent for fear of being pilloried like the NYT.


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