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Thursday, November 8, 2007

“What the Heck is the NSA doing here?”

posted by on November 8 at 6:00 AM

AT&T whistle blower Mark Klein, a retired AT&T technician who has gone public with his inside knowledge about the NSA’s surveillance program, says AT&T was providing the NSA with user data from “the whole Internet.”

Klein’s allegation contradicts the Bush Administration’s claims that NSA surveillance was focused on international traffic. Klein’s claims also indicate that AT&T was handing over Internet traffic data from other telecom companies, without the consent or knowledge of those companies.

The Washington Post reports:

“This splitter was sweeping up everything, vacuum-cleaner-style,” he said. “The NSA is getting everything. These are major pipes that carry not just AT&T’s customers but everybody’s.”

One of Klein’s documents listed links to 16 entities, including Global Crossing, a large provider of voice and data services in the United States and abroad; UUNet, a large Internet provider in Northern Virginia now owned by Verizon; Level 3 Communications, which provides local, long-distance and data transmission in the United States and overseas; and more familiar names such as Sprint and Qwest. It also included data exchanges MAE-West and PAIX, or Palo Alto Internet Exchange, facilities where telecom carriers hand off Internet traffic to each other.

“I flipped out,” he said. “They’re copying the whole Internet. There’s no selection going on here. Maybe they select out later, but at the point of handoff to the government, they get everything.”

Klein was in DC yesterday lobbying Congress to oppose a bill that would grant immunity to telecom companies that assisted the NSA’s illegal wiretapping by handing over customers data without a warrant. They were just following government orders, the logic goes, and they shouldn’t have to face lawsuits like this one.

Yesterday, Connecticut Democrat and Presidential candidate Sen. Chris Dodd, who is battling the Senate bill, released this YouTube interview with Klein:

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hmmmm..... perhaps that could have be the reason why so many politicians seems muzzled when it comes to the foibles of Our Leader. Perhaps they know what websites they visit?

Posted by pervy is as pervy does | November 8, 2007 6:10 AM

So let me get this straight. When I press "post" this comment will go to "the slog" and the NSA. What is nice about this function is that when I say "Fuck you George Bush, John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzalez" they will immediately get a copy.

As for the non-gay NSA staffer who gets to read this and decide if i am a threat to national security i have two questions; "don't you think its a little out of bounds what they have asked you to do?" and "Do they give you a copy of the constitution on your first day of work to remind you what this is all about?"


Lawrence Molloy
(yes, my name is Lawrence Molloy, you can write it down, or just cut and paste it to your special list - Fuck you little Georgie Bush - and I will say it again and again even if you label me a threat (I do speak arabic after all and I do care about gay people) and put me in a Gitmo like establishment. And just so you know-I like dogs and am not afraid of them. Clowns, however, they scare me)

Posted by Lawrence Molloy | November 8, 2007 9:23 AM

@2 "lawrence molloy" (?)

anyways, it's not just posts to public forums that they receive. it is all information sent over their lines. think about it.

Posted by infrequent | November 8, 2007 9:52 AM

Preznit George W. Bush is a poopy head.

My name is NapoleonXIV, and I approve this message.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | November 8, 2007 10:03 AM

So... the NSA sees all the porn I download? Hah! Some poor flunky at NSA that has to review all my porn downloads is gonna burn in hell, for sure!!!

Posted by SDA in SEA | November 8, 2007 10:13 AM

@3 - yes it is me Lawrence Molloy. And yes I said it. The only solace I have about my prison cell is that Josh will be in the next one over.

Posted by Lawrence Molloy | November 8, 2007 10:13 AM

I changed my mobile carrier two years ago when it first surfaced that Cingular indicated that it was "within their purvue" to cooperate with the NSA without consent of the customer. A mass-defection from AT&T (Cingular's predessor/successor) is warranted. Greedy, GOP-backing, Texas (Southwestern Bell connection) sons of bitches.

Posted by QuimbyMcF | November 8, 2007 10:14 AM

So... That wasn't a LOLCat peeking at me from a hole in the ceiling?

Posted by Packratt | November 8, 2007 11:29 AM

I for one welcome our National Socialist Party Administration and their spying on American citizens without restraint!

(now where did I put that silly paper called the Constitution?)

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 8, 2007 12:20 PM

They monitor everything you post up anyway.

I have about 60 hits on my blog site from Seattle government alone, mostly SPD.

On top of that I have about a dozen hits from the Dept of Motherland Security and the DOD.

And trust me, it makes me feel less secure, not more.

Posted by Packratt | November 8, 2007 2:01 PM

That the same congress that recently grabbed for headlines by scolding Yahoo! executives for succumbing to the unAmerican information-sharing practices in China?

Godspeed to the EFF.

Posted by Dougsf | November 8, 2007 2:29 PM
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