Posted 5 years ago on Sept. 18, 2013, 9:46 p.m. EST by DKAtoday
from Coon Rapids, MN
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Telecom companies like Verizon and AT&T have literally never challenged the legality of an NSA request for bulk telephone data-- despite an explicit statutory mechanism for doing so.
Rather, they've been enthusiastic participants in the unconstitutional mass surveillance engaged in by the National Security Agency, volunteering their customers' data to the NSA willingly!
Verizon Enterprise Solutions President John Stratton went so far as to criticize and mock companies like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft for "grandstanding" on the issue of surveillance by launching legal challenges to the spying programs! "Consumer-centric IT firms," said Stratton, might think it's important to "waive their arms and protest loudly so as not to offend the sensibility of their customers."
But not Verizon. No, Verizon doesn't care about the "sensibilities" of their customers -- nor about their customers' constitutional rights.
Maybe it's time we make them care.
PETITION TO VERIZON: John Stratton's comments on the NSA reveal that your company has no interest in protecting the privacy rights of your customers. We demand you join the major internet companies in challenging the NSA's mass surveillance programs -- or we will take our business elsewhere!
Thanks, -- The folks at Watchdog.net
P.S. If the other links aren't working for you, please go here to sign: http://act.watchdog.net/petitions/3870?n=37170682.cz2mbV