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And by doing all this on their own network turf, above and beyond that of lower tier entities like ISPs and other phone nets, they might be totally unaccountable: that is, there'll be no way you or I could ever prove they interfered with our communications at all.
So that item mentioned before-- where you uploaded or sent something, but it never reached its intended recipient or audience-- may actually be re-routed to various parties which AT&T thinks might want to use your item against you in some way.
-- 1/1/00 ["http://davenet.scripting.com/stories/storyReader$544"] by Dave Winer; 6/12/1998; davenet.scripting.com
-- AT&T Announces Plans to Filter Copyright Content; Posted by ScuttleMonkey; June 13, 2007; yro.slashdot.org, citing AT&T to target pirated content By James S. Granelli; June 13, 2007; latimes.com
-- AT&T's 1.9-Trillion-Call Database
-- All About NSA's and AT&T's Big Brother Machine, the Narus 6400
-- AT&T tech outs NSA spy room
-- AT&T built warrantless wiretap rooms for the NSA
-- AT&T Seeks to Hide Spy Docs
-- Documents Reveal AT&T-NSA Surveillance Details By Kevin Fogarty May 22, 2006
-- AT&T -- ANOTHER CORPORATIST HORROR STORY by Dave Pollard, July 4, 2004, citing Annoyance evolves into anger over AT&T billing methods: Surcharges spawns a flurry of lawsuits By JAN FALSTAD; May 23, 2004 and Crist: AT&T billing errors unacceptable The state's attorney general has fielded 200 complaints and requested a meeting with AT&T's consumer chief. By LOUIS HAU Published April 28, 2004
-- AT&T willing to spy for NSA, MPAA, and RIAA By Nate Anderson; June 13, 2007
-- Dear AT&T: Please go to hell by Doc Searls; 6-13-07; doc.weblogs.com
-- Top Secret Gov't Spying room revealed by AT&T Whistleblower [VIDEO] Posted by Evan Derkacz; March 8, 2007; alternet.org
-- Spying Too Secret For Your Court: AT&T, Gov Tell Ninth By Ryan Singel; March 12, 2007; blog.wired.com
-- Spying in the Death Star: The AT&T Whistle-Blower Tells His Story by Ryan Singel; 05.10.07; wired.com
-- Bush administration proposes retroactive immunity for phone companies By Nate Anderson; May 04, 2007; arstechnica.com
-- AT&T Forwarding All Internet Traffic to NSA? Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Fri Apr 07, '06; yro.slashdot.org
-- AT&T rewrites rules: Your data isn't yours by David Lazarus; June 21, 2006; sfgate.com
This could also all be ultimately connected to the 'net neutrality' debate-- where many among both the government and corporations want to enshrine establishment superiority over everyone else in a permanent fashion. That is, legislate a two-tier society where the top 1% does what it wants, and the rest of us are only allowed to do what that 1% doesn't notice or doesn't care about.
-- AT&T Killing the Cingular Name & Avoiding Net Neutrality By Bob Caswell; December 30, 2006; computers.net