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  •  Don't forget that the telecoms were looking (1+ / 0-)
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    for legislative and regulatory favors from their Republican brethren at the time they implemented the warrantless and unauthorized searches for the government. Thoe favors are numerous and include  the doling out of new spectrum for wireless communications, the spiking of "net neutrality" mandates and similar obligations for broadband providers, and attempting to authorize the entry of telecoms into the cable biz on an unfranchised basis.

    It's a small tight circle that binds the "security" and telecom types together in DC. The telecoms worked with the security types a few years ago (pre 9/11) to redesign their networks for ready snooping.

    This was all about favor treading and don't let those telecoms off the hook.

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