Tuesday, April 11, 2006

NSA 'Spy Room' At AT&T Outed: Can You Hear Me Now?

According to a former AT&T worker, the National Security Agency eavesdropper's were provided with full access to it's customer's phone calls, & shunted it's customer's internet traffic to data- mining equipment installed in a secret room in it's San Francisco switching center.
Retired AT&T communications technician, Mark Klein, submitted an affidavit in support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit. The class action lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, alleges that AT&T violated federal & state laws by allowing the goverment to monitor phone & internet communications of AT&T customers without warrants.
According to a statement released by Klein's attorney, an NSA agent had showed up at the San Francisco switching center in 2002 to interview a management-level technician for a special job. In January 2003, Klein observed a new room being built next to the room housing AT&T's #4ESS switching equipment, which is responsible for long distance & international calls.
Klein's job eventually included connecting internet circuits to a splitting cabinet that led to the secret room. He learned from a co-worker that similar cabinets were being installed in other cities, including Seattle, San Jose, San Diego, & Los Angeles.
"While doing my job, I learned that fiber optic cables from the secret room were tapping into the Worldnet (AT&T's internet service) circuits by splitting off a portion of the light signal," Klein wrote.
"The secret room also included data-mining equipment called a Narus STA 6400, "Known to be used particularly by goverment intelligence agencies because of it's ability to sift through large amounts of data looking for pre-programmed targets," Klein stated.
Klein says he has come forward because he does not believe that the Bush administration is being truthful about the extent of it's extrajudicial monitoring of America's communications.
AT&T spokesman said, " AT&T follows all law's following requests for assistance from goverment authorities."
I bet. Fuck AT&T and fuck the Bush administration for unlawfully eavesdropping on American citizens. If you have AT&T internet service or long distance, drop those assholes---boycott company's willing to bend over for the goverment & their spying!