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From today's Washington Post...
Verizon Communications, the nation's second-largest telecom company, told congressional investigators that it has provided customers' telephone records to federal authorities in emergency cases without court orders hundreds of times since 2005.
The company said it does not determine the requests' legality or necessity because to do so would slow efforts to save lives in criminal investigations.
Verizon and AT&T said it was not their role to second-guess the legitimacy of emergency government requests.
AT&T and Verizon both argued that the onus should not be on the companies to determine whether the government has lawfully requested customer records. To do so in emergency cases would "slow lawful efforts to protect the public," wrote Randal S. Milch, senior vice president of legal and external affairs for Verizon Business, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications. Link
"We don't have the time to follow any stinking laws."
Some folks often considered untrustworthy simply by the nature of their positions, i.e. politicians, corporate heads, behind the scenes law enforcement people, etc., have now, post 9-11, found a way to avoid responsibility to law altogether.
You see, obeying the law would "slow efforts to save lives"....and we can't have that in a post 9-11 America...now can we? Why heavens no, how would old Keifer be able to save the U.S. every week, in less than 60 minutes, if he had to obey silly laws? Ditto George and the Dick. There's just no time for obeying laws. Any second could be our last.
No, laws are for bifocaled old men to read and then talk about during their breakfast of prunes. The Decider himself said the Constitution is just "a godammned piece of paper". So applying laws in real life situations, you know, following them, abiding by them....that's so pre 9-11....so pre-"24".
And telco corporations who are slopped at the tax dollar trough by Tony Soprano type bribes? Well hell, it ain't "their role to second guess the legitimacy of emergency government requests". It's their role to count the money in the
Today's political leaders have an army of corporate partners who work with them. These corporate partners who are 'incentivized' by crooked government officials, have now been elevated to the same level as those same elected officials. The telco partners just can't, you know post 9-11 and all, "slow lawful efforts to protect the public" during "emergency cases". These corporate government partners simply know from their army of corporate attorneys what's best and what are "lawful efforts" and what are not. We needn't worry our heads....it's all being taken care of for us.
Who needs a judiciary when corporate partners can just determine what's "lawful"? Checks? Balances? No time for any of that.
And who is to say what's an "emergency", huh? It sure as hell ain't the telco government partners. Not their job. And government leaders, especially the current White House, would never try to manipulate or mislead anyone...and they surely would never violate their oath of office.
I submit for consideration the premise that if "reasoning" like this has already been permanently injected, like a no-cure virus, into the national bloodstream by stupid teevee shows and deceptive and greedmongering politicians and their corporate partners....then America has ALREADY become a nation of men....criminal, manipulative, lying men who wouldn't know what patriotism or loyalty to America meant if it was biting their asses.
This story of corruption demonstrates why the number one priority, if Constitutional America is to be saved, is campaign finance reform. What do you think the chances are of the U.S. adopting a totally publicly financed political campaigning system? That's the same percentage chances American citizens have in saving our country from the lawless leaders who reign over us.