Illegal Warrantless Eavesdropping Still Unaddressed by Courts and Congress

David Kravets writes on Wired’s Threat Level:
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Heads spun four years ago this weekend, when AT&T was accused of funneling every one of its customers’ electronic communications to the National Security Agency — without warrants. A Jan. 31, 2006, lawsuit alleged major violations of the Fourth Amendment right to be free from warrantless searches and seizures. Such a sweeping breach seemed far-fetched.

Yet months after the lawsuit was lodged, the Electronic Frontier Foundation produced internal AT&T documents allegedly outlining secret rooms in AT&T offices connected to the NSA, which was siphoning all internet traffic, from e-mails to Voice Over Internet Protocol phone conversations.

But four years and a mountain of court briefs and rulings later, the legal system has never addressed the merits of the allegations — and likely never will. Even Congress has weighed in and passed legislation to prevent the allegations from being heard.

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  • grumpy_gorillla2u

    http://www.cultureproject.org

    BLUEPRINT FOR ACCOUNTABILITY = CALLING FOR THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF TOP BUSH ADMIN. OFFICIALS AS WELL AS GEORGE W. BUSH AND DICK CHENEY THEMSELVES FOR VIOLATING THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS AND LYING ABOUT IT BY STATING ON CAMERA THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DOES NOT TORTURE! “NO ONE (INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS ABOVE THE LAW)!

    http://www.cultureproject.org

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Its the old “do as we say, not as we do” mentality.

  • http://mikeytherhino.wordpress.com/ Mike

    The important question to ask isn't just “What's being done about what happened in 2006?”, its also “is this still happening?” “how many service providers are handing out our information against our will, and to whom?” and “will we ever get our freedom back?”

    I haven't heard that the practice is being continued, but I haven't heard that it has stopped, either. I make the simple presumption that my fourth amendment rights are being trod on daily, and will continue to do so until I see definitive proof that it is no longer happening.

  • JT

    kinda then makes you wonder when you read stuff like this…
    So its not ok for everyone else… but ok for us… huh?
    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwa

    a quote: “The Obama administration issued statements of support for Google, and members of Congress are pushing to revive a bill banning U.S. tech companies from working with governments that digitally spy on their citizens.”
    So does that mean our domestic tech companies cant work with the federal government? Brilliant.

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