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More Fiber-Optic Cables Cut in California As FBI Fears Possible Terrorism

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More fiber-optic cables were severed in California, this time in Livermore on Monday night.

The Washington Times reports that AT&T is offering a $250,000 reward for information on the latest attacks.

It’s just the latest attack on fiber-optic cables in California.

“It’s a serious matter and affects public safety at large,” AT&T spokesman Jim Greer said Tuesday, USA Today reported.

Security officials believe the attacks could be acts of terrorism.

DEA Has Unprecedented Access for AT&T Phone Records Dating Back to 1987

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

AT&T agreed to provide the DEA with real time access to an unprecedented amount of phone records as part of a recently revealed partnership, The Atlantic reports.

Since 2007, the DEA has had access to every call that goes through AT&T’s switchboard, The Atlantic wrote.

The phone company even provided four employees to help track down suspects.

The access includes phone numbers, time and duration of calls and where the calls were made dating back to 1987.

To put that into perspective, 4 billion call records accumulate every day, the New York Times wrote.

Four Arrested in AT&T Hacking; Group Allegedly Paid by Saudi Terrorist Group

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI, with the help of local law enforcement, arrested four people in the Philippines last week allegedly hacking into AT&T’s computer system.

CNET News reports that the four were allegedly paid by the same Saudi Arabian terrorist group that funded the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

While AT&T said their systems were not breached, the hacking cost the company $2 million in losses. Money stolen from the hacks was sent to the bank accounts of the terrorists, who payed the Filipinos on commission.

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Obama Administration Defends Bush Wiretaps

at-tNow this is when it all gets interesting.  The Obama administration has advocated transparency and has been critical of the Bush administration trampling on constitutional rights. Now it is defending the Bush regime’s actions. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the court of public opinion.

By Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO — The Obama administration is again invoking government secrecy in defending the Bush administration’s wiretapping program, this time against a lawsuit by AT&T customers who claim federal agents illegally intercepted their phone calls and gained access to their records.Disclosure of information sought by the customers, “which concerns how the United States seeks to detect and prevent terrorist attacks, would cause exceptionally grave harm to national security,” Justice Department lawyers said in papers filed Friday in San Francisco.

Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a lawyer for the customers, said Monday the filing was disappointing in light of the Obama presidential campaign’s “unceasing criticism of Bush-era secrecy and promise for more transparency.”

In a 2006 lawsuit, the AT&T plaintiffs accused the company of allowing the National Security Agency to intercept calls and e-mails and inspect records of millions of customers without warrants or evidence of wrongdoing.

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