May 17, 2006

This Post is Old!

The post you are reading is years old and may not represent my current views. I started blogging around the time I first began to study philosophy, age 17. In my view, the point of philosophy is to expose our beliefs to rational scrutiny so we can revise them and get better beliefs that are more likely to be true. That's what I've been up to all these years, and this blog has been part of that process. For my latest thoughts, please see the front page.

Telecoms Deny Turning Call Records Over to NSA; FBI Spies on ABC News

As Lauren mentioned in the comments to my previous NSA wiretapping post, Verizon, along with BellSouth, has officially denied sharing call records with the NSA. Rumor has it AT&T has denied involvement as well, but I couldn't find an official report on that. A number of people including USA Today are skeptical of the companies' claims. We'll see how things play out...

Meanwhile, in related news, The Blotter (Official Blog of ABC News) is claiming that the FBI has used national security letters to spy on reporters in order to find sources who reveal classified information. Now, revealing classified information is a crime, and, when the information is classified for good reason, the government ought to track down the leaks and those people ought to go to jail. However (1) the current administration has a record of trying to keep everything classified in order to keep the public outcry down when they are doing things Americans don't approve of, and (2) national security letters are a PATRIOT Act provision which basically amount to search warrants that don't require judicial approval, and it is illegal to use them in anything other than a terrorism investigation. Hmm...

Posted by Kenny at May 17, 2006 11:25 AM
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