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  •  YOU have $10,000 riding on the outcome. (12+ / 0-)

    That's the Statutory damages, per phone line, under the Wiretap Act. The telcos have more  to fear in the civil cses than from a hypothetical criminal prosecution.

    It's not really a matter of "violating FISA," rather, their actions failed to come under the FISA exemp;tion to the Wiretap Act.

    As I onnect the dots, the certification Comey and Ashcroft failed to sign in the hospital incident was for datamining the who called who when data. The wiretap calls this a "Pen Register," the device used to collect this data in the days before the phone system was fully digitized. While this does not require a warrant, it takes the AG's certification to be  legalunder the Wiretap Act.

    Multiply $10,000 per phone by 100,000,000 phone lines and ATT is bankrupt.

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    by ben masel on Fri Dec 14, 2007 at 08:28:07 AM PST

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