Are you one of those people who is surprised that AT&T and Verizon spy on you and provide your calling details to the NSA and government, even without a search warrant?
You shouldn’t be surprised. They have been integrated into the nation’s military establishment since World War II.
Every nuclear warhead ever designed was designed by AT&T and Verizon, at Sandia National Laboratories, a subsidiary not of the government, but of the phone company. The manufacture and save handling was overseen by AT&T, not some military contractor.
Missile systems such as Safeguard and Nike were developed by AT&T and Verizon. In fact, AT&T’s Western Electric subsidiary was the prime contractor of these missile programs.
We all know how expensive long-distance calling was in the 1960s and 1970s, before competition. It wasn’t expensive because of a lethargic monopoly. It was expensive because long distance money was being used to build warheads and nuclear missiles. This was a convenient way to bypass Congress. AT&T agreed to fund these programs “as a service to our country” but in reality it was an arrangement so that Congress didn’t approve or fund much of these programs.
The United States has been a signatory to treaties prohibiting biological weapons from being designed and stockpiled by the government. But those treaties carefully sidestep that AT&T, through Western Electric at its Boulder Colorado facility owned the world’s largest biochemical warfare stockpile in the world. Nothing prevented a private company from owning such a thing…for its own protection, of course.
Much of the Vietnam War was funded by a direct tax on telephone service.
AT&T and Verizon were intimately involved with plans to quarantine any segment of the population, should a domestic uprising occur. All phone systems were carefully designed to be able to sectionalize cities or regions to prevent any communications in or out…for our protection.
So why are you surprised? This is nothing new. AT&T and Verizon are deeply integrated into our military establishment. Of course they are spying on you.
Is this legal? Of course it is.
The law says that the government needs a search warrant to eavesdrop on you and to invade your privacy by disclosing your text messages and calls. But the law does not apply to private corporations. This data is on their network, they own a copy of it. They are free to sell or give it to the government. You see, if the corporation does this voluntarily then it is not the government illegally invading your privacy.
So folks, get a realistic grip here. This is nothing new. Protecting your freedom has always meant giving up and entrusting that freedom to the government.
So far it has worked out pretty good. The US is still the wealthiest country (at least until early next year when China will surpass us) and we still dictate world policy (except perhaps for much of Asia which is increasingly ignoring us.)
But I am still always surprised when people are surprised that AT&T and Verizon spy on you and cooperate with the military. They always have.