Apr 13 2006

Just Because They Can, Doesn’t Mean They Do

Published by at 11:21 pm under All General Discussions,FISA-NSA

The liberal press is all in a tizzy tonight as some AT&T employee claims the NSA can monitor all AT&T’s traffic. Well, they probably can. But the crime would be doing so without justification or cause. The feds can destroy every city in the country with our nuclear arsenal. Big deal.

But what is clear is we may be facing another round of leaking of national security information by rampaging partisans overcome with Bush Derangement Syndrome:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it obtained documents from a former AT&T technician showing that the National Security Agency is capable of monitoring all communications on AT&T’s network.

“It appears the NSA is capable of conducting what amounts to vacuum-cleaner surveillance of all the data crossing the Internet, whether that be people’s e-mail, Web surfing or any other data,” whistle-blower Mark Klein, who worked for the company for 22 years, said in a statement released by his lawyers.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker is considering whether to unseal documents that Klein provided and AT&T wants kept secret. EFF filed the documents under seal as a courtesy to the phone company, but is seeking to unseal them.

Just great. More weapons against our enemies being dismantled by the liberal media.

Klein said the NSA built a secret room at the company’s San Francisco central office in 2003, adjacent to a “switch room where the public’s phone calls are routed.” One of the documents under seal, Klein said, shows that a device was installed with the “ability to sift through large amounts of data looking for preprogrammed targets.”

Other so-called secret rooms were constructed at AT&T sites in Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego, the statement said.

Other documents under seal shows that fiber optic cables from the secret room tapped into WorldNet Internet subscribers and instructed technicians how to connect cables to the secret room, Klein said. He said he was required to connect circuits that fed information to the secret room.

I will remind everyone again that the FISA court judges were upset that NSA intel ‘tainted’ their process and warrants. For the reality challenged that means the NSA could have been legally monitoring certain people under FISA warrant. Everyone just assumes FISA never warranted NSA to do surveillance – which is pure fantasy. We know FISA issued thousands of warrants since 9-11. And AT&T is strongly hinting this is the case

Michael Balmoris, an AT&T spokesman, said the San Antonio-based telecommunications company “follows all laws with respect to assistance offered to government agencies.” He declined further elaboration, saying AT&T is “not in a position to comment on matters of national security or litigation.”

Klein is in deep trouble. The whistle blower statute doesn’t allow for national secrets to be stolen (from AT&T in this case) and leaked to the press. If these were warranted acts under FISA, the man is in serious trouble.

Comments Off on Just Because They Can, Doesn’t Mean They Do

Comments are closed.