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BadgerKid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-06-07 02:55 PM
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FCC Won't Probe Disclosure Of Phone Records
Source: Information Week

WASHINGTON - The head of the Federal Communications Commission declined to investigate reports that phone companies turned over customer records to the National Security Agency, citing national security concerns, according to documents released Friday.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin turned down a congressional request for an investigation as a top intelligence official concluded it would "pose an unnecessary risk of damage to the national security," according to a letter National Intelligence Director Michael McConnell sent to Martin on Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?...



Is the slope slippery enough yet?
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-06-07 03:01 PM
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1. Oh goddam it and fry it!
Isn't Martin one of the Big Dick's guys?
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-06-07 03:01 PM
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2. Of course not.
Kevin Martin's whole career has been about carrying the water for the telecom incumbents in general and AT&T in particular. He is more a telecom lobbiest than an FCC chairman. He smells big bux when his tenure is over. Just watch and see what incumbent he either goes to work for or gets big contracts out of.
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-06-07 03:04 PM
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3. If this stands`
then it is over in this country.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-06-07 09:36 PM
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9. It will stand. All of it will stand...and grow and fester just like in 1936 Germany
I believe a tipping point has been reached. We are riding this thing to the bottom, be it the Roman, Soviet, Nazi versions, or perhaps some grotesque amalgam of all three, which seems about right.

I hope I am wrong, and I am not advocating giving up, even when the roundups have started.

But the odds are longer, the shadows growing longer, and the deeepest darkness is approaching.
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Trillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-06-07 03:43 PM
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4. Gee, what a surprise.
Executive Branch refuses to investigate Executive Branch.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-06-07 04:21 PM
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5. See, chimpy doesn't want us reading his stuff, but he sure likes to listen in on ours
:grr:

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HuffleClaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-06-07 04:44 PM
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6. enough of this 'request' stuff already
they know bushco. will only give up anything when required to by law (and not even then sometimes)
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Sam Ervin jret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-06-07 05:34 PM
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7. These unbelievable bas&^%ds! The head of the FCC will not be the head of the FCC forever!
We NEED to make SURE they DO NOT PASS any bills that disallow prosecution of these companies (criminal and/or civil) in cases in the future or especially retroactively. They are desperately trying to to get out from under what they did during this administration and especially information about AT@T and the story on Front line's "Spying on the Home front"

They cannot and will not get away with this no matter what law they think they pass. They already proved laws mean nothing and can be interpreted by whomever is in power. They will not be in power forever so they better keep up there liability insurance premiums.
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sbyte Donating Member (205 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-06-07 09:11 PM
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8. Extend "Statute of Limitations" on evidence not turned over.
Cite Congressional privilege.
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