NSA/Telco Wiretap Scandal

Appeals court may let NSA lawsuits proceed

Posted on August 16, 2007 - 6:59am.

from: CNET

Appeals court may let NSA lawsuits proceed
By Declan McCullagh
Aug 15 20:06:53 PDT 2007

SAN FRANCISCO--A federal appeals court on Wednesday appeared unwilling to end a pair of lawsuits that claim the Bush administration engaged in widespread illegal surveillance of Americans.

Nation’s Soul Is at Stake in NSA Surveillance Case

Posted on August 15, 2007 - 7:26am.

from: Wired

Nation’s Soul Is at Stake in NSA Surveillance Case

By Jennifer Granick
August 15, 2007

Today the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is hearing arguments on two of the most important cases in decades dealing with the rule of law and personal privacy.

Mainstream Corporate Media and the AT$T-NSA Domestic Spying Program?

Posted on August 15, 2007 - 7:24am.

from: BuzzFlash

Why Haven’t the Mainstream Corporate Media Covered the AT&T-NSA Domestic Spying Program?

August 13, 2007

By Elliot D. Cohen

The recently passed “Protect America Act of 2007” (S. 1927), which expands presidential powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy on our overseas phone and e-mail communications without a court warrant, appears to be just the tip of the iceberg of government eavesdropping on American citizens. Yet, mainstream media (MSM) have given scant coverage to the NSA/AT&T domestic spying program, and a landmark case now pending before the 9th circuit federal appeals court, the outcome of which may mark the final blow to Fourth Amendment privacy rights in America.

Bush Signs Law to Widen Legal Reach for Wiretapping

Posted on August 6, 2007 - 6:58am.

Note: Some of the reasons given for this law are telling - see boldfaced paragraph near bottom.

from: NY Times

August 6, 2007
Bush Signs Law to Widen Legal Reach for Wiretapping

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 — President Bush signed into law on Sunday legislation that broadly expanded the government’s authority to eavesdrop on the international telephone calls and e-mail messages of American citizens without warrants.

CT: Court Ruling Screws Telcos, Boosts Cable

Posted on July 27, 2007 - 9:49pm.

Note: we couldn't let the slippery logic of silicon alley slip by without a comment - below.

from: Silicon Alley

Court Ruling Screws Telcos, Boosts Cable
Dan Frommer | July 27, 2007 5:43 PM

A federal court made things a lot stickier for AT&T as it builds out its "U-verse" Internet-based television network. Reuters reports that a U.S. District Court in Connecticut has decided to lump IPTV in the same legal category as cable TV, reversing a previous decision by a state commission. This forces telcos through an expensive, obnoxious town-by-town dance to get local cable franchise licenses, the results of which rarely benefit consumers. (Nevermind that cable companies skip this kind of legal hoopla when they go after phone companies' customers with Internet phone offerings.)

700 MHz Endgame: Has AT$T Asked Bush to Put Thumb On Scale?

Posted on July 16, 2007 - 8:06pm.

Harold has been on a roll lately and on target as usual - it's worth following his site regularly. It seems that once again the telcos are considered integral parts of the military industrial complex and as such have privileged military contractor status. With Bush involved, the 700 MhZ auction could become yet another rigged state secret.If the telcos seize this spectrum, they will cinch their roll-out efforts for triple/quadruple play that will leave cable, PEG and the cities in much the same situation as so many Iraqi towns.

from: Wet Machine
by Harold Feld

700 MHz Endgame: Has AT&T Asked Bush to Put Thumb On Scale?

Unsurprisingly, in the swirl of folks around this week's House Commerce “iPhone” Hearing, rumors and gossip about the 700 MHz Endgame abounded. In the nasty-but-sadly-believable category comes a rumor that the Bells have asked (through a wholly owned subsidiary in the House) for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to do a “study” on whether any open access condition (of any definition) or other incumbent restriction (such as the spectrum caps urged by the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition) will depress auction revenue.

Appeals court dismisses suit against NSA spy program

Posted on July 9, 2007 - 10:21am.

from: CNET

Appeals court dismisses suit against NSA spy program

By Anne Broache

Fri Jul 06, 2007

In a setback for foes of a controversial Bush administration wiretapping program, a federal appeals court on Friday threw out an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit that alleged illicit snooping on Americans' calls and e-mails.

Communications Law Bulletin -- June 2007

Posted on July 9, 2007 - 10:14am.

from: Mondaq.com

United States: Communications Law Bulletin -- June 2007

09 July 2007
Article by Charles H. Kennedy

The Month in Brief

Although the prospects for comprehensive amendment of the Communications Act are dim this year, Congress, the courts, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or "Commission"), and the states continue to alter the legal landscape in areas ranging from broadcast indecency to universal service reform. These developments are presented here, along with our usual list of deadlines for your calendar.

The Franchise of Deception

Posted on May 31, 2007 - 7:45pm.

Triple Ploy and the Lie of Competition

In the past two years telephone companies have rushed to introduce national and statewide video franchising legislation around the country to better position themselves as cable TV providers.

Bush administration proposes retroactive immunity for phone companies

Posted on May 6, 2007 - 12:37am.

Note: This raises serious concerns for private citizens using telephone company services - phone, data and video. Telco Triple Play is now a triple wiretap opportunity with no legal privacy protections.

from: Ars Technica

Bush administration proposes retroactive immunity for phone companies

By Nate Anderson
| Published: May 04, 2007 - 01:33PM CT

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