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AT&T Key Partner in NSA Spying

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Aug 16, 2015, 11:35 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T is being called a "highly collaborative" partner of the NSA, and showed the government agency an "extreme willingness to help" spy on Americans, suggests a new report published by the New York Times. The Times based its report on documents supplied by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who first revealed the government's mass-scale spying efforts two years ago. AT&T has allowed the government to snoop on its customers for well more than a decade. It has been handing the government customer emails and call records since 2001 or 2002. In 2011, AT&T stepped up and began handing the NSA more than 1.1 billion cell phone call records per day. The NSA documents do not call AT&T by name, but descriptions of the company, its size, facilities, and customers more or less confirm its identity. "We don't comment on matters of national security," said an AT&T spokesperson in response to the report. In June, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act, which put an end to the bulk phone data collection. However, there was a provision in the act that allowed the program to be extended for a period of six months to give the government time to transition to another method of spying. The NSA resumed collecting call records July 1.

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Aug 17, 2015, 2:24 PM

Meh, we've known this for years...

ATT was one of the first, we knew about them back in the nineties when we first started bringing up these privacy issues. But these days, ATT is just one block in a corrupt chain of the NSA owning All aspects of All your devices.
Jacob Applebaums "To Protect and Infect 2" is a slow but great highlight of all the ways the NSA owns pretty much everything, from Network to the SIM to the hardware layer to the Device OS to the memory card. So i just assume if they really want to know whats on your device or what you do with it, they already do.

Aug 16, 2015, 5:22 PM

Well good thing there's a checks and balance system implemented!

Oh wait, nothing happens to them - Constitution be damned. It'd be awful nice if we could hold someone accountable for massive breaches in law.

One can dream.

Aug 16, 2015, 12:57 PM

It's a small price to pay

For "diversity." Keep letting into the US these radical Islamic Jihadist from the Middle East so our government has an excuse to spy on everyone. If it's not the "war on drugs" to justify the police driving around in massive armored cars and dressed up like paramilitary storm troopers, it's now the "war on terror" to justify the government spying on every phone call and email.
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