I try not to get political here (only because I don’t know much about politics), but when I read that some major phone companies have allowed the NSA to collect their phone call records, I couldn’t help but send a mass-email to a number of contacts.
Here’s the law that stands out for me (my emphasis added):
Under Section 222 of the Communications Act, first passed in 1934, telephone companies are prohibited from giving out information regarding their customers’ calling habits: whom a person calls, how often and what routes those calls take to reach their final destination. Inbound calls, as well as wireless calls, also are covered…
The “State of the Nation” posts shares the strong suggestion to make phone calls to whatever companies are allowing this and to tell them that this is against the law.
I haven’t heard anything defending AT&T, BellSouth, SBC, Verizon, Cingular (owned by AT&T and BellSouth) and MCI (owned by Verizon), so it seems unlikely that this is something to just brush off.
If this means I’ll have to switch from Verizon [Wireless] and SBC (for my landline and DSL connection), I’ll do just that.
Please go through the links listed above and take action.
Update: At Yahoo News, via USA Today, are “Questions and answers about the NSA phone record collection program“. My gripe? Why could some providers refuse to provide this information to the NSA?