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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-26-07 06:36 PM
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97. US confirms key role of telecom firms in wiretapping
Lacking in the governments revelations are any details on where the illegally surveillance captures were diverted to.
Was the data sent outside the United States to escape the Constitutional protections arrorded US citizens inside the United States. Did the Bush administration decide that they can spy on us if they move our e-masils and phone calls outside the US, since US law does not apply there. This is what my informant indicated, that everything was routed to a foreign nation for this specific reason, to skirt American laws and Constitutional protections.

US confirms key role of telecom firms in wiretapping
By Eric Lichtblau, New York Times News Service | August 24, 2007

WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration has confirmed for the first time that American telecommunications companies played a crucial role in the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program after asserting for more than a year that any role played by the companies was a state secret.

The acknowledgement was made in an unusual interview that Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, conducted with The El Paso Times last week in which he disclosed details on classified intelligence issues that the administration has long insisted would harm national security if discussed publicly.

He made the remarks, an apparent effort to bolster support for the broadened wiretapping authority Congress approved this month, even as Democrats are threatening to rework the legislation. They say it gives the executive branch too much power.

It is vital, McConnell said, for Congress to give retroactive legal immunity to the companies that assisted in the NSA eavesdropping program to help prevent them from facing bankruptcy because of lawsuits over the program. .............
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