Now we know why the Bush Administration is again using fear and strong-arm tactics to coerce Congress into passing a new FISA law containing retroactive immunity for himself, Telecoms and all those who aided and abetted ALL of his illegal maneuvers. New details are emerging suggesting that the illegal wiretapping started in February 2001 before the attacks of 9/11 (don’t be surprised if it went further back than that).
The Washington Post has reported that a former Qwest Communications International executive, while appealing a conviction for inside trading, is alleging that the government withdrew opportunities for contracts that were worth hundreds of millions of dollars…after Qwest refused to participate in an unidentified National Security Agency (NSA) program thought by Qwest to be illegal. More information is also available from the original article from Wired.com.
Court documents recently unsealed in Denver reveal that Joseph P. Nacchio, former chief executive of Qwest Communications International, convicted in April of 19 counts of insider trading, said the NSA approached Qwest more than six months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Although details about the alleged NSA program have been redacted from the recently unsealed documents, Nacchio’s lawyer said the NSA had approached the company regarding participation in a warrantless surveillance program to gather information about phone records belonging to Americans.