So you remember a bunch of months ago, when the New York Times said that the government was involved in massive, illegal surveillance of our telephones? And how President Bush said that no, they were only wiretapping the calls of Al Qaeda operatives?
Turns out that that the president was telling a big lie.
According to the USA Today article above (which sadly, is based almost entirely on anonymous sources), the NSA, in collaboration with AT&T, Verizon, and BellSouth, has been creating a massive database of phone activity of tens of millions of Americans, “most of whom aren’t suspected of any crime… The agency’s goal is ‘to create a database of every call ever made” within the nation’s borders.’”
To back down the scariness slightly, it doesn’t look as though the NSA is actually listening to all our calls, or that they are compiling dossiers on everyone’s call activity, just sort of making lists of who’s calling who (well, they say that they’re just using phone numbers, not names, but come on).
So the Land of the Free has a phone monitoring system that makes the KGB look like the Keystone Cops. Yeah, didn’t see that one coming. If you believed in what Bush said, you’re an idiot.
I don’t say that as an attack on Republicans, actually. You can like the president. You can share his values, whatever. But as he has shown again and again, you can’t trust him. He lies and lies and lies again. So if you think he’s the greatest, fine, just know that when he says things, there’s a real good chance they’re not going to be true (but to be fair, that’s most world leaders).
Got nothing interesting to say on this one. Administration that lies and breaks the law in the search for power turns out to have lied and broken the law to increase its power? Shocking. It’s appalling, of course, but I just can’t be surprised about it.
Oh, and thanks phone companies, for rolling over for the bellyscratch when the jackboots came knocking. I wanna call up Verizon and tell them to fuck themselves and cancel my cellphone account, except… who am I going to switch to? Fucking oligopolies.
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