Friday, May 12, 2006

The NSA & USA Today

A lot of people knew there was more to President Bush's illegal snooping than eavesdropping on international phone calls. Now we learn that the National Security Agency is keeping records of phone numbers dialed by millions and millions of Americans. (It's really easy for the NSA to cross-check to find out who those numbers belong to.) The biggest surprise is that this story was broken by that hotel room throwaway, USA Today, while the New York Times and the Washington Post got scooped in a major, major way.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This was originally scooped out by wired.com after a lawsuit was filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation after a whistleblower spotted a "secret spy room" in the control switch room of ATT. (The room where most calls all go through)
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,70619-0.html?tw=rss.index

It was only recently verified by the USA Today through another whistleblower. They did not "break" the story though.