Tuesday, May 16, 2006

NSA, calling data and now denials

The matter is now very confused. As far as I know, the White House never denied the USA Today story on a database of calling data. In fact, the president made a careful, albeit brief, defense of NSA surveillance.

CNNMoney.com:
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Verizon Communications Inc. denied earlier media reports that it entered into a contract with the National Security Agency, providing the government office with info about its customer phone calls
Business Week:
MAY. 16 2:03 P.M. ET A day after denying that it provided bulk customer calling data to the National Security Agency, BellSouth Corp. said Tuesday it would never give any government agency such information without a subpoena or court order.

6 Comments:

Blogger Ezzie said...

They also didn't confirm it.

My guess is the story is only partially true - something like getting international records or the like. I posted on a different aspect of it as well.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Blake said...

Either way, collecting phone call info is illegal. It doesn't matter if they are actually listening and recording each and every call.

(PS... Finally added you to the TNL blogroll... didn't realize you weren't there yet.)

3:41 AM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Blake - untrue. Check out the InterGalacticJester (left-leaning), which notes a bit...

2:16 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Ezzie is on a tear today comments-wise! Slow day? ;-)

2:53 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

CE - Not at all. I just finally put in an RSS reader - saves me an incredible amount of time.

I'm actually *up* in readership and comments: Over 1,000 page views most days.

3:12 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Good for you. I just waste time at work. 90 Minute meeting today had a major impact.

3:13 PM  

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