Thank you American Kabuki for sharing this information.
Re-blog from http://americankabuki.blogspot.com/2013/07/nsa-wire-taps-and-telcoms-profit-from-it.html.
“I saw this on the Wealth Channel on my cable TV today. Wealth TV is a channel for the ultra-rich, it showcases homes and vacations most of us could never dream of having. The TV network is based here in San Diego, and its news shows, with feeds from Reuters and AP are really pretty good by current American news standards.
The news segment says the average wiretap (which often run months or years in duration) is $50,000. Verizon receives 250,000 wire tap orders a year from the government, at an average of cost to the government of $50,000 per wire tap that comes out to $12,500,000,000 ($12.5 Billion) in wiretap income for Verizon alone…
You think the telecom companies are going to stand up for your privacy rights with that kind of income stream?” – American Kabuki
“Because so many of the activities of the National Security Agency are secret, it’s nearly impossible to identify all its outside contractors.”
Tim Shorrock, who literally wrote the book on the outsourcing of our national security to contractors, has an op-ed in the New York Times explaining how our privacy has been sold off to the highest (or most politically connected) bidder, and why that’s a big problem.