Friday, May 19, 2006

Your World. Delivered (to the NSA).

The phone companies that violated customers' privacy -- and the law -- by giving phone records to the National Security Agency face a slew of lawsuits, including a couple of note here in Texas.

As the Nueces County-centric blog South Texas Chisme notes, high-powered Corpus Christi trial lawyer Mikal Watts (whose firm has branches in McAllen and Brownsville) takes on telecom giant AT&T (the company formerly known as Southwestern Bell), suing Ma Bell for turning our phone records over to the feds without a warrant. Two other Corpus firms and a Houston firm sign on to litigate the class-action claim against the San Antonio-based corporation, filed in a Corpus Christi federal court.

In another class action, out of Austin, Texas Civil Rights Project director Jim Harrington joins another lawyer, a financial advisor and the alternative weekly Austin Chronicle to take on AT&T.

For anyone naive enough to think that it's OK for the government to spy on everyone because they're looking for terrorists, think about this: Not only is this a gross intrusion on our privacy, but I guaran-goddam-tee that sooner or later the government will use this spying to track down and punish anyone who disagrees with it.

1 Comments:

Blogger pugsley dibrute said...

Funny how Hillary used the IRS and some FBI files to intimidate her detractors, and now this. But I don't recall such media inspired BS like this NSA thng. I'm somewhat skeptical about this whole thing , since most of the major phone companies are denying this , flat out . I don't believe anything that comes out of the NYT . I'll prefer to wait and see. Persoanlly I'm not scared of a damn thing. I mean just look at what the gubmint has produced, the post office, the border patrol, WELFARE, and other useless agencies that are here to "protect us". I feel safer already! :>

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