AT&T Defends Their "Fat Pipe To NSA"
In a move straight out of some "Rovian" playbook, AT&T asked Federal judge Vaughn Williams to force the EFF to "return" key documents and to restrict the EFF from referencing those documents in support of it's case. Put more simply, AT&T asked for the documents to be quashed, a move that would effectively destroy the case.
Unfortunately, things don't bode well for the EFF or the public's interest. Judge Williams has a long history of taking stands in favor of corporations at the expense of the people.
I think that AT&T is not alone here, they just got caught. Tapping technology, installed right in the data centers, is Federal law if I'm not mistaken, but to use it to shunt literally all traffic to NSA? Well that's something else entirely. The legality here is ultimately going to hinge on whether or not Bush's surveillance arguments hold up in the first place.
At this point I just like to see the case go forward in order to shake out the issues, but Vaughn Williams is a tool.
We think of this as our own little psyops mission on the NSA. Just messin' with their heads.
One possible snag in this is that no one's heard from Steve Linden (one of our friends) since last Thursday. Not sure what that's all about.
(For all of you who claim to have a good sense of humor, but really don't... this is a joke.)
Well then EPM, you might be interested in this. It's a way to find out if NSA is monitoring your emails or click-stream. In the biz, we call this a "honeypot".
I think part of the problem is that the powers at be have about as much respect for the public as they have for a stray pubic hair on a gas station toilet seat.
Just goes to show, West Coast bloggers trying to be creative for their East Coast readers early in the morning probably just shouldn't.