Wrong Number: Spying On The Average Joe

In stark departure from their vexing practice of dropping calls, phone titans AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth are now dropping dimes on customers. Can you hear them now?

codfishpressl“We…have an obligation to assist law enforcement and other government agencies responsible for protecting the public welfare,” AT&T spokesman Selim Bingol declared last week, in response to a USA Today report that the nation’s three largest phone companies in an Orwellian data troll had aided and abetted the National Security Agency (NSA) in collecting the private records of tens of millions of domestic phone calls since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

If ever there was a disconnect!

Why just months ago President Bush guaranteed us a “fiercely protected” privacy—on the lip of a New York Times report that he had sanctioned the NSA to engage in domestic eavesdropping without warrants. This latest wrong number has Democrats and some Republicans on the horn, chatting up plans for a far-ranging investigation of the practice on grounds of its legality and the involvement of Vice President Dick Cheney and Gen. Michael V. Hayden, Bush’s misguided pick to head the CIA.

  “The concept of the NSA having near real-time access to information about every call made in the country is chilling,” Kenneth C. Bass III, a former Justice Department counsel on intelligence policy, said in a New York Times report last Thursday. 

But supporters of the data dump defend it, lamenting that a public outcry over this policy will lead to another protracted debate over just how far the intelligence community should go in the fight against terrorism. 

The timing for such a collective reflection is unimpeachable.

Are you a terrorist? Inquiring minds want to know. But before we start bugging everyone, we ought first to ask: What are the parameters of this war? Will it ever end? How many freedoms are we willing to sacrifice to discern if a neighbor is a monstrous revolutionary? Where do we stop?

We clearly lack vision in this fight. Picking the low fruit on a phone tree is not a strategy; it’s a sign we don’t have a clue about where we are headed in this black hole of evil. The road is leading to a police state.

It’s time, Mr. President, to reach out and touch us with a plan!

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