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Thread #91711   Message #1749098
Posted By: Amos
28-May-06 - 01:53 PM
Thread Name: BS: Spying, Secrecy, and Presidential Power
Subject: RE: BS: Spying, Secrecy, and Presidential Power
From the American Civil Liberties Union:

"Readers may be interested to know that the ACLU is launching a
nationwide consumer campaign today to respond to the recent
revelations about the telecoms and NSA spying. We are:

A) asking the FCC to fulfill its regulatory obligation and
investigate (Chairman Martin's lame argument that they cannot do so

B) ACLU offices around the country are filing demands with Public
Utility Commissions, which often have considerable power to enforce
state privacy laws, asking for investigations and cease-and-desist

C) Inviting citizens to add their names to these actions, and making
it easy to do so via

Our appeal is below.



Barry Steinhardt
Director, Technology and Liberty Project, ACLU

Dear Friend,

It's illegal and un-American for your phone company to hand over your
phone records to the government without a legal order. But it looks
like that's just what they're doing: violating the privacy and rights
of millions of innocent Americans in the process.

The phone companies have no right to forfeit your privacy. And just
last night we learned that the FCC has refused to investigate these
illegal actions, using the same "state secrets" excuse used by the
very phone companies it's supposed to hold accountable.

Today, the ACLU is launching a nationwide consumer campaign demanding
that regulators do their jobs and protect our privacy. We need your

It's outrageous that the agency created to guard the people's
interest is burying its head in the sand during what may be the most
massive abuse of customer privacy in American history.

We can't stand idly by while corporations, federal regulators and
even our elected leaders fail to champion our rights or uphold our
basic system of checks and balances. The power to right these wrongs
ultimately resides in the hands of the American people.

The ACLU is filing formal documents with the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) insisting that they fulfill their regulatory
obligation and investigate this breach of consumer trust. At the same
time, ACLU offices across the country are filing similar demands with
regulatory authorities in dozens of states.

Regulators need to hear that the public demands action. The longer
the list of names, the more powerful our message. Federal and state
officials must use their authority to investigate and fine the phone
companies, and your voice will make a difference.

Act now to stop phone companies from abusing your privacy.

We must not allow the government and the phone companies to collude
in this massive illegal attack on our privacy and our trust.

And we certainly can't wait for Congress to act, or for the phone
companies to reverse course.

Join us in telling the FCC that we won't take no for an answer --
they must investigate. And don't let the states follow the FCC's
wrong-headed example. We are simultaneously filing 20 actions across
the nation TODAY.

Please add your name and your voice. All you have to do is use our
online form. We'll add your name to our demand for FCC action and to
local filings in applicable states. After you sign on, you can also
send an email directly to each of the four FCC commissioners letting
them know Americans want answers and action.

Act now to stop phone companies from abusing your privacy.

As always, thank you for standing with us. Every voice in this fight
is going to matter, so please take action today.


Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director