Friday, January 06, 2006

The Plot Thickens

From, the Bush Administration's foray into illegal wiretapping started BEFORE 9/11.

You heard that right. Before 9/11.

Tinker, Tailor, Miner, Spy
Why the NSA's snooping is unprecedented in scale and scope.

A former telecom executive told us that efforts to obtain call details go back to early 2001, predating the 9/11 attacks and the president's now celebrated secret executive order. The source, who asked not to be identified so as not to out his former company, reports that the NSA approached U.S. carriers and asked for their cooperation in a "data-mining" operation, which might eventually cull "millions" of individual calls and e-mails.

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