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Blockbuster Report: AT&T Allows NSA to Spy on Entire Internet

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Posted on May 22, 2006
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This is the big one. Wired News unearths internal AT&T documents that show how the telecom company, at the behest of the government, built “secret rooms” in cities across America that enable the NSA “to look at every individual message on the Internet and analyze exactly what people are doing.”

  • Story and AT&T internal documents

  • Wired News explains why it published the story

  • Wired News:

    Former AT&T technician Mark Klein is the key witness in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s class-action lawsuit against the telecommunications company, which alleges that AT&T cooperated in an illegal National Security Agency domestic surveillance program.

    In a public statement Klein issued last month, he described the NSA’s visit to an AT&T office. In an older, less-public statement recently acquired by Wired News, Klein goes into additional details of his discovery of an alleged surveillance operation in an AT&T building in San Francisco.

    Klein supports his claim by attaching excerpts of three internal company documents: a Dec. 10, 2002, manual titled “Study Group 3, LGX/Splitter Wiring, San Francisco,” a Jan. 13, 2003, document titled “SIMS, Splitter Cut-In and Test Procedure” and a second “Cut-In and Test Procedure” dated Jan. 24, 2003.

    Here we present Klein’s statement in its entirety, with inline links to all of the document excerpts where he cited them. You can also download the complete file here (pdf). The full AT&T documents are filed under seal in federal court in San Francisco.


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    By lifewriter, May 24, 2006 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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    None of us should be surprized by these findings, or even infuriated.  We had the chance to stop this kind of wholesale monitoring when the PATRIOT Acts were on the floor of the senate.  All of our Representatives and Senators lined up like cattle at the trough and ate that swill.  So why the sour face?  The NSA is only cross referencing each website you visited with any online purchase you’ve made, with and friends of business acquaintences you may have contacted, all in an effort to predict, with some level of certainty exactly what your every move will be, weather it’s driving to work, whatever.  Just know that Big Brother isn’t just watching, He’s forecasting.  Looks like the Net really has become a net.

    In related news, Gonzales today stated that this type of observation isn’t unconstitutional, and there’s no reason to fret (again) over this type of data collection.  If that’s really the case, then why is the man so vigorously attempting to block the public and the media from wittnessing the court proceedings?

    More importantly, why has Truthdig shoveled this article to the bottom of the front page, it should be front and center.  FYI:  Turn off your cell phones, when you don’t need them, that way they’ll have to use the audio collectors in your smoke alarms, or perhaps in your cable boxes…why make it easy for them?

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    By Scott MacDonald, May 23, 2006 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment
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    I’m not afraid to comment.

    There’s really nothing wrong with the idea of telescreens, they just need to be aimed the other way is all.

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    By Mace Price, May 22, 2006 at 11:22 pm Link to this comment
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    By Mike Troolines, May 22, 2006 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment
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