Notes from the Electronic Cottage 07/27/06

Host/Producer: Jim Campbell

Topic: So the saga of the NSA spying on Americans without any court order goes on. Several suits have been brought against AT&T for cooperating with the NSAand handing over the telephone records of millions and millions of Americans­ in fact, even setting up a special room in AT&T’s San Francisco routing center to make monitoring easier for the NSA spooks. The Justice Department has stepped into the suits invoking the old “state secrets” argument, and AT&T has quietly changed its privacy policy, essentially claiming that it owns your information and can do whatever it wants with it. But it ain’t over yet: listen up ­ and relax, the NSA won’t be on the other end of this broadcast.