11 July 2007

Further joys of privatization

Is all of this really necessary? Could the money be better spent rebuilding some innercity school or something? Or better yet, why doesn't the FBI simply pay us all if we agree to record our conversations and then turn them in at the end of each month. That way we can do away with the middleman.

ABC: A proposed new FBI program would skirt federal laws by paying private companies to hold millions of phone and Internet records which the bureau is barred from keeping itself, experts say.

The $5 million project would apparently pay private firms to store at least two years' worth of telephone and Internet activity by millions of Americans, few of whom would ever be considered a suspect in any terrorism, intelligence or criminal matter.

The project would involve "the development of data storage and retrieval systems...for at least two years' worth of network calling records," according to an unclassified budget document posted to the FBI's Web site. The FBI did not respond to requests for comment for this story.

3 comments:

Sornie said...

I fail to see how it is any more legal for a private firm to hold the illegally obtained recordings of our phone calls. Weird this hasn't made more of a splash in the news but they are busy running Gonzales out of town so hopefully it takes down two birds...

Karlo said...

I think this sort of thing happens more often than we know. I've heard that the U.S. intel services will sometimes have British intelligence collect intel on certain U.S. citizens so that they can get past legal restrictions. This sort of thing suggests to me that we really need to reign in intel services, keeping them under very tight congressional oversight. This has been hard with the President egging the lawbreakers on while Republican lawmakers turn a blind eye.

LaPopessa said...

Good suggestion. Can I get a grant from the FBI to buy the equipment I'll need for recording everything? Maybe if we get enough money for recording our conversations, we'll all have enough to be able to afford health care!