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Re: AT&T being good citizen after 9/11 attacks @ PGHammer
America, our constitution, and our lives in this country are founded on "The Rule of Law"
This does not mean, only when it is convenient, only when we don't feel threatened, only when the executive feels it applicable.
Laws protect ALL of us from unscrupulous, intrusive, and abusive government and individuals.
9/11 did exactly what the terrorists intended. Scared Americans so deeply that we began undermining the very foundation of our country in the name of "Expedience" and "Safety".
Just because I believe you are building a bomb in your basement, does NOT give me the right to break into your home, listen to your phone calls, or tap into your computer. Nor does it give Local law enforcement that right either. They have to go to a judge, present their evidence, and convince them that they be given permission to do these things, if they don't they cant submit any evidence they uncovered. This is called checks and balances.
Why should the FBI, AT&T or our executive branch be ANY different?
The FBI, and AT&T based on the article above, no matter how good the intentions, or how pressing the need, broke the law of the land, and if true should be held accountable for those actions.
I believe Ben Franklin one of our founding fathers had this covered...
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety"