Dozens of AT&T/Verzion Wiretap Suits Dismissed
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...
by Karl Bode 08:57AM Thursday Jun 04 2009 Tipped by taxpro
Given Obama's support for telecom company immunity
for handing over consumer data wholesale to the NSA without a warrant, it wasn't particularly surprising to see the administration perpetuate the Bush Administration's positions
on domestic wiretapping and privacy (or the lack thereof). As the new administration repeats the positions of the old, a Federal Court yesterday dismissed dozens of lawsuits against AT&T and Verizon
for privacy violations. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says they'll appeal the ruling
"We're deeply disappointed in Judge Walker's ruling today," said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "The retroactive immunity law unconstitutionally takes away Americans' claims arising out of the First and Fourth Amendments, violates the federal government's separation of powers as established in the Constitution, and robs innocent telecom customers of their rights without due process of law."
The EFF found themselves at the heart of the debate when they obtained documents
(pdf) from 22-year technician Mark Klein, which highlighted how AT&T had built a room entirely dedicated to directly funneling data -- from multiple carriers -- wholesale to the NSA without a warrant or Judicial oversight.
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|reply to pnh102 |
said by pnh102:No harm was done to any US citizens. The EFF & ACLU are on a witch hunt and are just looking to punish monetarily AT&T & Verizon in order to earn fees for their organizations. Call it the "Full employment for class action lawyers" lawsuit.
Private industries that can provide assist the government in national security matters need some kind of cover from lawsuits or else they won't be bothered to cooperate with the government when their help is needed.
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