And, breathe. We’re finally making headway.
I’ll admit, I’ve lost a bit of steam in the past few months, as more and more links continue to pile on and prove that even if we wanted to do something…they’d know about it before we were within 300 miles of home base. A certain sense of dread, hopelessness, has overtaken much of my everyday spirit to fight, and although studying history teaches me about movements like the Civil Rights in the 60’s and the protests against Vietnam in the 70’s, I look out on my streets and see little anger, and no passion for actually standing up to change things for the first time in nearly 40 years.
But now, over six months since the news first broke that the NSA and GCHQ had overstepped their reach into the Bill of Rights and Constitution by a few miles at minimum, corporations and even entire nations are finally stepping up to the plate to tell the two agencies that they’re way over the line of scrimmage, and it’s about time we got a competent referee in here to start making some calls.
Today, French Telecom Orange announced they have begun drawing up plans to take on the NSA in High Court, although the exact nature of the case or how many charges will be brought against the United States-backed surveillance arm still remains to be seen.
A spokeswoman for the company has told Reuters their engineers are curious what data had been stolen from the underground cables that connect their service to the states.
“We will take legal action in the next few days because we want to know more about the eventuality that Orange data may have been intercepted.”
After discovering detailed records of phone numbers, customer names, times, dates, and locations were lifted from the telco’s network, Orange is reportedly furious at the National Security Agency, as well as “shocked” that any government outfit would go as they have without any form of international warrant or even a contract scrawled on a napkin that could hold up in a court of law to justify it.
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