Originally Posted by Botnst
Well actually, there are these books you can buy that has names, phone numbers, and addresses in it. So those are publicly available and not privileged. The phone ecords themselves are not privileged either because they are kept by the phone company for billing. A court case during Carter's term went all the way to the Supreme Court and was decided in favor of the government. Since then nobody in Congress has sought to change the law and make those records private.
If the Supreme Court has already ruled on it then I don't think that the decision is by executive order, do you?
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If records kept for billing are not priviledged, then I suppose the public has the right to access to my bank account, credit card numbers, and other information I have presumed the phone company and others were legally obliged to protect? I think the broad brush of the logic you cite is worth bringing into court to hear an opinion on again, this time as it applies to how the government is using the data. If they are in fact using it in a manner that should be available to anyone else in the public, like the phone books make numbers available, then that is probably fine. But the logic that "used for billing purposes" means it is public domain regardless of what the data actually is, is far fetched.
The government needs to come clean. It is not public domain information who I called. The phone records kept for billing purposes are like receipts for anything we buy. The government doesn't have a right to that data just because it involved money - they have a right to their taxes but not a record of who bought what, when. Until a crime has been committed and appropriate warrants are issued, or there is probable cause.
What is the government doing with the data? If they don't tell us, they should not have the access they seek. Who cares if they tell us and A-Q decides to use some other communication means besides our telephone services because it might make them vulnerable? I sure don't - I would like to have them go try something harder to hide inside than our phone system. Flush them out, make them concerned, and just be ready to find them when the move.
I just can't understand why you right wingers feel more secure with George Bush's dick in your ass. When America stops being America, however it happens, the terrorists have won. Chipping big chunks of the distinguishing features of our government's constrains, balances and our way of life is not making America secure. It is the response of a simpleton to a challenge that exceeds his capabilities. He is fucking the job up, and we need to stop appologizing for him. He is a fucking disgrace. Jim