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Friday, January 11, 2008

Disconnected Wiretaps

Hello. Is this AT&T?

Please disconnect the wiretap on my phone. I got word that the FBI has not paid the bill. If there is something I can’t stand, it’s a deadbeat who doesn’t pay his bills, especially when he's using my money and doing something I totally disagree with.

Hold please.

Imagine! The nerve! Wiretapping our phones and then skipping out on the bill.

What’s wrong with the government? Is the phone bill too high? They have already reversed the charges so that the brunt of the bill falls on us, the poor wiretapped taxpayers. The phone bill wouldn’t be so high if they were not trying to listen in on everybody’s conversation in America.

Did you say, “Sixty-six thousand dollars”?

Facing tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid bills, telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals, a Justice Department audit released Thursday shows. In one office alone, unpaid costs for wiretaps from one phone company totaled $66,000. (“Wiretaps cut off when FBI fails to pay its phone bills”, Star-Telegram, January 11, 2008)

Who in the world have they been tapping- me, my children, my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren, my great-great-grandchildren, all the way down the line? For how long? No way! You mean to say Al Qaeda used up all of America’s anytime minutes.

An Inspector General’s audit report blamed the FBI’s lax oversight of money used in undercover investigations, which it also said allowed one employee to steal $25,000.

Lax oversight? How in the world can a surveillance program have lax oversight? Is this the one thing it is supposed to do- Oversee? How can they oversee someone they cannot see and cannot find and turn around and not oversee someone right under their noose? That’s like a $25,000 robbery in your face by someone we know and trust.

Who can we trust? Who is doing the overseeing?

FBI Assistant Director John Miller said the FBI “will not tolerate financial mismanagement.”

Yeah right! That’s like closing the barn door after all the cows got out. What next? Are the chickens going to make a mass escape? Might as well. The road is clear.

Watching my money go down the drain is frustrating. Just disconnect the darn wiretap and send the bill to Congress.

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