I'm not sure why this story hasn't burst through into the mainstream, beyond Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Apparently, the Bush Administration was asking the telecommunications companies to spy domestically before 9/11.
This story, if borne out, means that the administration has been lying. Over and over and over again.
Congress suckered on surveillance. Telco immunity, next?
This is something that's now being whispered in nearly every conversation on the subject, but might as well be repeated here: the filings in the appeal of former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio's insider trading case reveal that the Bush "administration" was pressuring telecommunications companies to cooperate in a massive domestic spying operation well before 9/11. [snip]
So here's the key. The domestic spying has always been justified by saying it was a necessary response to 9/11. But clearly there's damned good reason to believe these programs were conceived and initiated well before the September 11th attacks.
That would mean -- gasp! -- that your "government" is full of it. . .
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