Friday, April 07, 2006

Why Are We Talking Immigration?

Let's ask the Department of Justice why they needed GOOGLE's search records enough to sue in court when we have a single victim who cannot get charges filed on 1,498 perpetrators who participated in sexually exploiting him online and in real life.

In related news, AT&T peresists in it's Dragnet Surveillance

Internal AT&T Documents Had Been Temporarily Held Back Due
To Government's Concerns

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
this week filed the legal briefs and evidence supporting its
motion for a preliminary injunction in its class-action
lawsuit against AT&T. After asking EFF to hold back the
documents so that it could review them, the Department of
Justice consented to EFF's filing them under seal -- a well-
established procedure that prohibits public access and
permits only the judge and the litigants to see the
evidence. While not a party to the case, the government was
concerned that even this procedure would not provide
sufficient security and has represented to the Court that it
is "presently considering whether and, if so, how it will
participate in this case."

"The evidence that we are filing supports our claim that
AT&T is diverting Internet traffic into the hands of the NSA
wholesale, in violation of federal wiretapping laws and the
Fourth Amendment," said EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston.
"More than just threatening individuals' privacy, AT&T's
apparent choice to give the government secret, direct access
to millions of ordinary Americans' Internet communications
is a threat to the Constitution itself. We are asking the
Court to put a stop to it now."

EFF's evidence regarding AT&T's dragnet surveillance of its
networks includes a declaration by Mark Klein, a retired
AT&T telecommunications technician, and several internal
AT&T documents. This evidence was bolstered and explained
by the expert opinion of J. Scott Marcus, who served as
Senior Technical Advisor for Internet Technology to the
Federal Communications Commission from July 2001 until July

The internal AT&T documents and portions of the supporting
declarations have been submitted to the Court under a
tentative seal, a procedure that allows AT&T five court days
to explain to the Court why the information should be kept
from the public.

"The public deserves to know about AT&T's illegal program,"
said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "In an abundance of
caution, we are providing AT&T with an opportunity to
explain itself before this material goes on the public
docket, but we believe that justice will ultimately require
full disclosure."

The NSA program came to light in December, when the New York
Times reported that the President had authorized the agency
to intercept telephone and Internet communications inside
the United States without the authorization of any court.
Over the ensuing weeks, it became clear that the NSA program
has been intercepting and analyzing millions of Americans'
communications, with the help of the country's largest phone
and Internet companies, including AT&T.

"Mark Klein is a true American hero," said EFF Staff
Attorney Kurt Opsahl. "He has bravely come forward with
information critical for proving AT&T's involvement with the
government's invasive surveillance program."

In the lawsuit, EFF is representing the class of all AT&T
residential customers nationwide. Working with EFF in the
lawsuit are the law firms Traber & Voorhees, Lerach Coughlin
Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP and the Law Office of
Richard R. Wiebe.

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