A Network You Can Trust, Amazon.com

Published by • November 29th, 2007 RSS News Feed

Kudos to Amazon, Inc., shame on AT&T for betraying our trust.

I’ve been beyond angry at the “network you can trust — AT&T” over its willingness to open up customer records, bills, and Internet activity to the government. I’ve never been a sucker for the “if you aren’t doing anything wrong, what’s the big deal” pro-Government argument. Recently, it looks like the government has been putting similar pressure on other companies. For example, Amazon, Inc. has received “exigent circumstance” requests from the military for the records of thousands of users that purchased used books through their service.

While AT&T is spending billions trying to figure out how to spy on Americans, Amazon.com is defending American privacy rights.

Ars Technica‘s Timothy Lee writes:

Recently unsealed documents show that a federal judge has rejected an attempt by federal prosecutors to obtain the records of thousands of people who bought used books on Amazon. The records were sought as part of an investigation of a Robert B. D’Angelo, a Madison city employee who is accused of underreporting his income to tax authorities and operating a private business using city resources. The ruling was released after a federal grand jury handed down a 39-count indictment against D’Angelo.

Just as the government has exploited telecommunications companies to do it’s bidding, it’s now trying to go after other corporations that control information. We all know that information is knowledge, whoever controls the information controls the world. It’s no surprise that the United States government under a pseudo-fascist regime is trying to dictate to corporations how they operate. Further, they’re trying to control the Internet in order to manipulate and force “the people” into submission.

AT&T’s joint operations with the NSA and illegal wireless surveillance, as per WIRED magazine: “Whistle-Blower outs NSA spy room

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full access to its customers’ phone calls, and shunted its customers’ internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room in its San Francisco switching center, according to a former AT&T worker cooperating in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s lawsuit against the company.Mark Klein, a retired AT&T communications technician, submitted an affidavit in support of the EFF’s lawsuit this week. That class action lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco last January, alleges that AT&T violated federal and state laws by surreptitiously allowing the government to monitor phone and internet communications of AT&T customers without warrants.

Think about it, if the government knows all about its citizens, from favorite books to sexual fantasies to privileged conversations between husbands and wife, friends and other family communications, what is sacred anymore? All this does is puts citizens in a position to distrust government, the telecommunication’s industry and gives terrorists a reason to hack phones and turn to rogue providers for their communication. If privacy is so easily disturbed by a government that wants so badly to win this “War on Terror” ™, where do you draw the line?

I am a great fan of Amazon.com now and I have to say that Ask.com’s privacy policy and desire to protect its users is equally attractive on the corporate front. If Google didn’t have a ridiculous monopoly on search, it would be even easier to abandon the government tainted companies for ‘lesser’ companies. I’ve got some major ideas to help protect citizen’s rights and make a major profit in the process, so if anyone has the resources or contacts, please feel free to contact me on the matter. I think the time has come to revolutionize the telecommunications industry, because if no one does it, the government is going to continue to get away with tampering in our everyday lives while they chase the bad guys.

Before I get any nut jobs that want to hang me for being anti-Establishment or whatever your cute phrases are for people like me, let me say I love America and what it once stood for. Today, our country isn’t the one I once knew. I am not proud of our country, in fact I’m downright ashamed of some of the fascist principles that we’ve allowed to creep into society. I don’t favor granting ‘additional’ rights to criminals or villains, but we need to buckle down and start defending our Constitution. Indeed, we need to protect and restore the rights of American citizens and citizens of the world that we’ve deprived over the last decade. Our Constitution has all but lost meaning in the United States and for us to continue to claim we’re spreading Democracy overseas while abandoning at home is hypocritical at best.

If you liked this article, you probably are of similar mind and I’d like to point you to a previous article that I wrote on topic. “The network you can trust is a fraud

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