collusion: secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, esp. in order to cheat or deceive others...
And that's what we have these days between the government and our so-called Public utilities,(notice I don't say OUR government,it isn't ours anymore)
Back when it was the "Bell System", J. Edgar would just "drop a dime" and get any info He needed from Ma Bell, ....on a case by case basis.
The government broke up the Bell System,In the name of "competition", SBC went around and bought all the Baby Bells, and put them back together under 1 roof,
Now, the NSA and SBC/ATT are in bed together... and they are giving the NSA free reign to the whole system.
We need to put pressure on ATT ... no matter what ISP/phone company you may choose to use, it still goes through ATT's backbone some where in its transit to the other end of the line....
the question is who are ATT's major stockholders? and how can we pressure them?