How Phone Companies Team Up With Bush to Spy On You

Onnesha Roychoudhuri: A new investigative piece explores American telecoms complicity with the Bush administration’s data mining program.
AlterNet readers have now had more than enough time to digest their disappointment with the Democrats' utter capitulation to President Bush on the FISA law. While the focal point of concern thus far has been the breach of Constitutional authority and the brazen disregard for the separation of powers there's an even more practical concern at hand.

Namely, are your communications -- private communications between Americans without suspicion of terrorist ties -- being listened to? And, if so, with which telecommunications companies' assent? The whole NSA program — and thus the FISA violations — is, in fact, a non-issue without the participation of the telecoms.

Despite the fact that Democrats have since taken control of the House and Senate, there is still no substantive investigation into the relationship between telecommunications companies and the White House. It’s a relationship that warrants investigation as select telecommunications companies have gained nearly inconceivable clout. The past three years have seen a string of massive telecommunications mergers leaving Americans with only two major telecommunications options: AT&T and Verizon.
Onnesha Roychoudhuri is a San Francisco based freelance writer. A former assistant editor of, she has written for AlterNet, The American Prospect,, In These Times, Huffington Post, Truthdig, PopMatters, and Women's eNews. She can be reached at [email protected].
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