Big Brother May 12, 2006Posted by fukumimi in law, Politics.
So the big story here in the US at the moment is that NSA is data mining phone records to look for patterns which might tip off terrorism related communications. Without sufficient oversight and transparency of process, this really is the tip of the Big Brother iceberg. Are people meant to take the NSA on their word that they aren't looking at anything unrelated to Al Qaida? Yeah right.
AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth have turned over the records of millions of customers. That's a lot of suspected Al Qaida sympathisers right there.
It has transpired that Qwest has not cooperated with the authorities, and watching CNN it was hilarious to see the commentator suggest this was out of spite, with Nacchio being singled out by prosecutors on charges of insider trading.
If anything, it is the other way around. The government has probably targetted Nacchio because his firm has refused to cooperated with legally dubious requests for private information relating to millions of its customers.
It sends out a strong message to other corporate leaders who are most likely involved in dealing which have an ambiguous legal status. If you cooperate with the government, we will give you the benefit of the doubt, or even turn a blind eye. If you don't, we'll make an example of you.