The New York Times has an important article about the NSA’s efforts to have full access to the telecommunications infrastructure within the US.  There are parts of this question that are difficult: should the NSA, with a warrant, be guaranteed the technical capability to wiretap anyone through the phone system switches?  As a privacy nut, I’m skeptical even of this claim, but at least it seems a difficult question.

The easier question is what if they want to do the wiretapping without a warrant, or with a warrant that is non-specific.  To me, it should be clear that this ought to be illegal, and that everyone involved ought to be liable, from the government officials to the private companies that were complicit. 

What do you think?

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