WASHINGTON - Telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time.
A Justice Department audit released Thursday blamed the lost connections on the FBI's lax oversight of money used in undercover investigations. In one office alone, unpaid costs for wiretaps from one phone company totaled $66,000.
But, but, but I thought we could trust the government to conduct wiretaps without warrants!
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush on Sunday defended his administration's use of wiretaps on U.S. citizens without a court order…
Bush on Sunday described his program as "necessary to win this war and to protect the American people," and added that the program has been reviewed "constantly" by Justice Department officials.
What kind of constant review?
We also found that late payments have resulted in telecommunications carriers actually disconnecting phone lines established to deliver surveillance results to the FBI, resulting in lost evidence," according to the audit by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine.
It was being so constantly and carefully reviewed to make sure that the Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens weren't being violated and it was so necessary to our national security that no one noticed that they were listening to a bunch of dead phone lines? No one remembered to pay the fucking phone bill???
And the phone companies cut off FBI wiretaps of "suspected" al-Qaeda terrorists because the phone bill wasn't paid? Aren't these the same people who are now claiming they should get immunity for willfully and knowingly violating our Constitutional rights because they were being patriotic? They were doing their patriotic duty?
So these companies--these American companies--were willing to break the law and violate their fellow Americans' Constitutional rights for the sake of national security.
But only if they got paid on time.
Any fucking Congressman votes for immunity for these mutherfuckers needs to get run out of Washington by a berserk crowd of justifiably angry citizens, carrying torches, tar, and feathers.
If we ever find out truly what these incompetent imbeciles did with this unchecked, un-Constitutional power, we'll surely all be appalled.
Though this? This comical mix of incompetence and greed, and laughable dishonesty?
Unless you're a moron, this isn't even interesting.