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Jun 17 2013

Those Who Play Ball and Those Who Don’t

Not since Krupp supplied the Nazi war machine has the ostensibly private sector worked in such close cooperation with Big Government:

In Virginia, a telecommunications consultant reported, Verizon had set up a dedicated fiber-optic line running from New Jersey to Quantico, Va., home to a large military base, allowing government officials to gain access to all communications flowing through the carrier’s operations center.

Why would Verizon want to help the federal behemoth deprive us of our 4th Amendment rights? Because this is what happens to those who don’t cooperate:

In court papers filed during his 2007 insider trading trial, former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio claimed that Denver-based Qwest was denied lucrative NSA contracts he believed to be worth $50-$100 million, after Nacchio refused to involve Qwest in a secret NSA program that he thought would be illegal.

Subsequent reporting at the time revealed that it was a domestic wiretapping program in which the NSA wanted to snoop on Qwest’s vast telephone network without court orders. …

Nacchio claimed that the NSA retaliated for his refusal by leaving Qwest out of a $2 billion NSA infrastructure program called Groundbreaker, which was split among numerous contractors, including Verizon.

Nacchio told the feds he might participate but only if he could find a way to do so legally. Apparently that was not good enough.

According to Qwest Senior Vice President James Payne, it was understood that the NSA would not be the only agency that would be annoyed if cooperation was not forthcoming.

Nacchio was sentenced to 6 years on the often nebulous charge of insider trading.


On tips from Blondie and Colonel Mortimer. Hat tips: Gateway Pundit, Business Insider.

9 Responses to “Those Who Play Ball and Those Who Don’t”

  1. Narrator 1 says:

    Nacchio didn’t sit at the table, so he was on the menu. That’s just how these guys roll.

  2. Jaynie59 says:

    I worked for Verizon for almost 30 years. I am NOT defending their involvement in this government scheme. However, do not do believe a word that anyone who worked for Qwest says. Qwest is absolutely, positively, without a doubt, the WORST phone company I ever had to deal with. When I would get a trouble ticket from Qwest I would cringe because I knew what an ordeal it would turn into. Nothing was ever their trouble. They blamed everything on the local switch, and their technicians were dumber than dirt. And arrogant to boot.

    I did second tier support for routing and translations. I once got a call from one of my techs who had the Qwest on the phone and she called me because she couldn’t figure out what the guy was complaining about and so she asked me to talk to him. I said sure. The first thing I asked him for was for his CIC. CIC stands for Carrier Information Code and is the basis of every toll call since 1/1/84. He didn’t know what it was. He had no idea what he was talking about but yet called the trouble into us and browbeat one of my techs because he was so arrogant. I put him in his place. It was his trouble in the end.

  3. justme says:

    And this was before the age of 0bama… If Nacchio had acted similarly today, he may have faced a accidental drone strike while vacationing abroad.

    Funny, we used to make fun of Soviet Police States and Banana Republic Dictators because the thought of such things ever happening to the United States seemed so farcical.

    Not such a farce now..

  4. […] The purpose of the NRA is to defend our Second Amendment rights. This is why educrats demanded he remove his shirt and called the police when he refused. Marcum then compounded his crime by exercising a First Amendment right. Good thing he didn’t also stand up for the Fourth Amendment he would really be in for it. […]

  5. schmetterling says:

    IG Farben chemical cartel was way scarier than Krupp. The Mengele family owned farm equipment company is still around. What crony capitalist companies in bed with the sobama regime will be looked down on with scorn and ridicule by future historians?

  6. Dr. 9 says:

    Still think you live in a free country? (LOL) If you do, you’re a complete fool.

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