KUDOS to Qwest! (Glad they're my phone co.!)

  1. For refusing to give up it customers' phone records without a subpoena.


    Qwest Refuses To Give Customer Records To NSA

    (CBS4) DENVER The government could be tracking the phone calls you're making.

    Phone companies, including AT&T and Verizon, have handed over millions of customer records to the National Security Agency.

    There's fierce debate over the practice and Denver-based Qwest Communications has refused to take part.

    According to the report in USA Today, Qwest is the only major telecom company that said it would not hand over its customer’s phone records without a court order.

    USA Today reported the phone records of ordinary Americans were secretly handed over to the NSA.

    A database was built without the knowledge of the secret court established by Congress.

    "The president has chosen to ignore all of those procedures as well as the procedures established in the recent Patriot Act amendments," University of Denver law professor John Soma said.

    President Bush said the government is trying to do everything within the law to prevent another terrorist attack.

    "We're not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans,” the President said. “Our efforts are focused on links to al Qaeda and their known affiliates."

    Qwest's spokesman in Denver said the company will not comment on matters related to national security.

    "Qwest is clearly the gold standard of privacy,” Soma, who is also a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and head of the Privacy Foundation, said. “Their actions are the epitome of what corporations should be doing in protecting the privacy of their customers."

    In downtown Denver there are varying opinions on whether the ends justify the means.

    "If they can take a phone number back to a terrorist and get into their place where they live or where they're having their headquarters, I think it's great," a woman on 16th Street Mall said.

    A man on the mall said "Maybe the people that have it now think it's a very good idea and they'll do the right thing, but maybe you get somebody else in that has a totally different idea of how it should be used."

    Eavesdropping was not said to be a part of this program by the NSA, nor were customer’s names and addresses revealed.

    Some security experts believe the NSA may soon target cell phone calls, e-mails, and instant messages.