Posted by | August 15, 2015 19:00 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly Politics


A big corporation has every reason to play ball with the government, and that’s the problem.

The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.”

AT&T’s cooperation has involved a broad range of classified activities, according to the documents, which date from 2003 to 2013. AT&T has given the N.S.A. access, through several methods covered under different legal rules, to billions of emails as they have flowed across its domestic networks. It provided technical assistance in carrying out a secret court order permitting the wiretapping of all Internet communications at the United Nations headquarters, a customer of AT&T…

One document reminds N.S.A. officials to be polite when visiting AT&T facilities, noting, “This is a partnership, not a contractual relationship.”

The documents, provided by the former agency contractor Edward J. Snowden, were jointly reviewed by The New York Times and ProPublica. The N.S.A., AT&T and Verizon declined to discuss the findings from the files. “We don’t comment on matters of national security,” an AT&T spokesman said.

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  • Warman1138

    Orwellian.

  • Tommie

    That’s why we use Cox Communications. At least until we find out they are in it also.

    • The Original Just Me

      It’s just one big happy family.

      • Tommie

        I wouldn’t doubt it!

  • Kick Frenzy

    While I don’t support what they did, I’m also wholly and entirely not surprised in the least.

  • BigDumbWhiteGuy

    Ma Bell is a snooping b*tch? Go figure.

  • The Original Just Me

    So Ma Bell has been letting NSA look up her skirt Huh ?

  • StoneyCurtisll

    This is really old news…
    Anyone paying attention knew this several years ago..