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But now Vermont Public Radio is reporting that Montpelier attorney Robert Gensburg has been getting some odd results from his phone, and believes this is due to wiretapping by the feds.
Mr Gensburg details some of the phone hijinks in the article, and describes his need to call places like Afghanistan to represent his client. Most telling, to me, was the result of having his telephone checked:
According to Sleigh, Verizon investigated the phone problems. And a technician wrote in a memo two parts of the wire were transposed at some point along the line. Gensburg was credited $4.42 for the phone troubles.
Sleigh said the memo is remarkable for its lack of detail. It doesn't say how the lines were transposed, whether it was done deliberately, or why. (bolding mine)
Wow. $4.42 refund. And no explanation.
By the way, Verizon, the largest carrier by far in the north country, is looking to sell its northern New England business to Fairpoint Communications. There is a certain sense of urgency to this deal, in spite of strong evidence Fairpoint does not have the capital necessary to fulfill the infrastructure promises made by Verizon. Is Verizon dumping a hot legal potoato in Vermont?
Remember, the ACLU lost its court battle to expose the bushmen's warrantless wiretapping programs because, in a prime Catch-22, none of the plaitiffs could show standing, since the program is secret, as is the list of targets.
It appears a country lawyer in little old Vermont has just removed that ridiculous roadblock on our civil liberties.
This story is just breaking; I will add updates as more information comes to light.
And coming on the heels of Vermont's victory over the auto companies, requiring them to cut CO2 emissions, allow me to say