Sunday, January 08, 2006

Spying On the Cheap

Forget using the NSA for wiretaps. Forget using the Department of Homeland Security to monitor mail. Both are large government agencies with hefty overhead costs. If you really want your spying done economically then, like anything else, you should be doing it yourself.

According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times dozens of online services are selling complete phone records to anyone who submits a phone number and ponies up $110. Unbelievable, but true.
Perhaps the most disheartening fact is that Congress and the Administration have been aware of this "most powerful investigative tool" for months. Rather than repeat the myriad of ways in which such a service can (and assuredly is) being abused, I'll leave that to AMERICAblog and the rest of the blogosphere.


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