Wait…was this Verizon? Reuters reported today, January 10, 2008, that the FBI had their international wire-tap cut off due to failure to pay their phone bill. This information was released through an audit by the Justice Department. In the Reuters article, the following was reported:
“Late payments have resulted in telecommunications carriers actually disconnecting phone lines established to deliver surveillance results to the FBI, resulting in lost evidence, including an instance where delivery of intercept information required by a … FISA order was halted due to untimely payment,” the audit said.
The audit followed a 2006 case in which an FBI employee pleaded guilty to stealing more than $25,000 in confidential case funds intended for undercover telecoms services.
But wait….aren’t these guys supposed to be watching out for “terrorists”, isn’t this a clear indication of the FISA folly!