Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Who's Spying on You and How Much Are You Paying for It?

Tomorrow we may or may not be permitted to know more.

Verizon spied without warrants 720 times:
"Verizon has provided data to federal authorities on an emergency basis without a court order -- and without determining the requests' legality -- 720 times between January 2005 and September of this year. . . "

"[A] former Qwest CEO alleged the National Security Agency approached him about a covert program nine months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. When Joe Nacchio refused to participate in the program, believing it to be illegal, he alleges the NSA retaliated by revoking expected lucrative contracts from Qwest."

And Comcast charges $1k to wiretap you:
"Comcast, which is among the nation's largest telecommunication companies, charges $1,000 to install a FISA wiretap and $750 for each additional month authorities want to keep an eye on suspects, according to the company's Handbook for Law Enforcement. Secrecy News obtained the document and published it Monday."