A BFD: The NSA, FCC, DOJ, EFF and AT&T
New revelations in the NSA domestic spying scandal are now coming in a flood.
Today, the FCC announced it could not pursue an investigation into the role of American telecommunications companies in illegal domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency because it was not granted the necessary security clearances. That announcement came just two days after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales declared the Bush administration would track journalists' phone records and might prosecute reporters for publishing stories involving classified national security information. And just a week ago, the Department of Justice revealed it was dropping its inquiry into the NSA program because DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) too had been denied the required access to classified information.
Meanwhile, Perrspectives reader Jim has been following the lawsuit by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) against AT&T over the company's role in the NSA program. Kudos to Jim for his heads up on the coverage of the case by Wired, including the latest revelations from AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein.
For the latest news, statutes and other key documents, visit the Perrspectives NSA Domestic Spying Scandal Resource Center.