If you haven’t read Glenzilla’s scoop on Verizon’s wiretapping/secret data transfer to Big Brother, I’d give it a quick once over. Because this should be a giant scandal, it has everything:
Guardian — The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April. The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing. The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19. Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.
We have Big Government, we have an end run on the constitution, we have a secret program run covertly by the NSA practically out of the WH, a program so secret even the reasons it’s secret are secret, a program likely to soon be run or overseen by a traitor to All that is Good and American named Susan Rice, we have big business being strangely cavalier with their customers’ data or ruthlessly intimidated by a rogue administration, all depending on how you feel about Big Biz.
If you’re someone who wishes to hang the WH up on some embarrassing revelations sure to piss off the progressive base, you’re twitching in mid multiple orgasm right now.
But I predict it won’t go anywhere in large part because, when it comes right down to it, the GOP loves them some domestic spying. Not to mention it involves the sacred cow of Defending the Homeland and was set up under the Patriot Act, that indefensible Bush era constitutional abortion which has been endlessly defended by the usual suspects and pearl clutchers. Maybe the fact that the Obama WH has to be directly involved will still prove an impetus to House Repubs and the hearings will roll, but I seriously doubt it.