Immunity for the Telco Industry?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by SMM, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. SMM macrumors 65816

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    Not sure how many of you have been following this story. Here is a good primer for those new to issue, and a nice update for those already familiar with it.

    It is a prime example of government and the corporate world in collusion to hide illegal activities.
     
  2. Thanatoast macrumors 6502a

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    Hell, no. Since we can't seem to do anything about The Decider we should at least scare people into not cooperating with him.

    Of course, how this will play out is that the Dems will sign away every civil liberty Bush demands, he will veto the bill because his co-conspirators don't get a free pass and claim the Democrats want our children to be eaten by gay terrorists, and the Dems will collapse like a punctured sexy-time doll - abused and tossed aside without a second thought.
     
  3. solvs macrumors 603

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    The question often asked, if they've (in this case, Bush and the Telecoms) nothing to hide, what are they so worried about?

    The irony amazes me.
     
  4. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    There is no way in hell the telcos should be given immunity. I don't buy any argument that says that they went along with the Bush administration in order to be patriotic. Their CEOs are presumably educated men who understand the Constitution, and they have the best legal people to help them. That they chose to go ahead anyway and participate in illegal surveillance is nobody's fault but theirs, and they should pay any consequences.
     
  5. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Just look at what happened to Qwest's CEO after he refused to sign on to the Bush spying plan...
     
  6. solvs macrumors 603

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    You must mean this:

    Former CEO Says U.S. Punished Phone Firm

    So not only did they want to do this before Sept. 11th, which if it was working you'd think we wouldn't have had the WTC tragedy (but why would they want to before we had a 9/11?), but when he said no because it seemed wrong, they used their positions to negatively (and illegally) withdrew them from even vying for gov contracts.

    That doesn't seem right to me for some reason.
     
  7. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040

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    This is what happens when you have a government-sponsored monopoly. The pros: Makes more sense environmentally and logically (why have 5 telephone lines from competing services headed to your house?) and the cons: Price gouging, corruption.

    That said, I do believe that current society really thinks all corporations are evil and unnecessary. It's a sad thing when a few mishaps (Enron, Tyco, etc...) can actually change people's views on the whole economic landscape...
     
  8. solvs macrumors 603

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    Uh, did you actually read the articles posted?
     

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