A well-written article over at News.com about the companies who helped our government illegally spy on us.
Under federal law, any person or company who helps someone “intercept any wire, oral, or electronic communication”–unless specifically authorized by law–could face criminal charges.
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A survey by CNET News.com has identified 15 large telecommunications and Internet companies that are willing to say that they have not participated in the NSA program, which intercepts e-mail and telephone calls without a judge’s approval.
Twelve other companies that were contacted and asked identical questions chose not to reply, in some cases citing “national security” as the reason.