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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 07:20 AM
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Telecoms Barred By WH From Disclosing Spying
Obstruction of justice?


Telecoms Barred From Disclosing Spying

By PAMELA HESS, Associated Press Writer


(10-15) 16:28 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) --

Three telecommunications companies have declined to tell Congress whether they gave U.S. intelligence agencies access to Americans' phone and computer records without court orders, citing White House objections and national security.

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell "formally invoked the state secrets privilege to prevent AT&T from either confirming or denying" any details about intelligence programs, AT&T general counsel Wayne Watts wrote in a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Qwest and Verizon also declined to answer, saying the federal government has prohibited them from providing information, discussing or referring to any classified intelligence activities.

"Our company essentially finds itself caught in the middle of an oversight dispute between the Congress and the executive relating to government surveillance activities," Watts wrote.

The White House declined to comment on the matter Monday.

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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/1...
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BulletproofLandshark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 07:23 AM
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1. C'mon White House, say it with me...
If you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to hide. :)
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 07:28 AM
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2. That's right.
I would think an upstanding, compassionate, conservative man like Bush would want to remove any suspicion from his good name. If he's done nothing wrong, there's nothing to hide, right? Let them investigate, it will just prove the Dems are trying to bash him without cause.

It would put an end to this once and for all. Continued resistance only proves there's something there that needs to be protected.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 07:41 AM
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3. I thought WE were the federal government....
WTF do my calls and records have to do with national security?

The ONLY reason they would need a broad swath of records like these is for blackmail.
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