US govt under fire for warrantless wiretapping

Quite a few legal things have been coming home to roost at President Bush's front door this past few years, but now it looks as though another legal storm is brewing in the shape of a large number of warrantless wiretaps that law enforcement agencies had been insisting Us telcos quietly implement in the post 09/11 atmosphere.

What's interesting about the impending storm is that the US telcos are themselves starting to come under fire for allowing US law enforcement agencies to get away with the warrantless wire wiretaps without kicking up a fuss.

So much so, in fact, that the telcos have been by a privacy lawsuit alleging - surprise, surprise - their actions have been illegal.

According to some sources, however, the telcos should be able to defend their actions based on the idea that they were simply following a valid set of government orders.

You can read more on the interesting topic here...