It’s Not Just News Corp: Is Comcast Spying on You Every Day?
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Thu, 08/18/2011 – 11:38am.
ELLIOT COHEN FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
When Guardian reporter, Nick Davies, broke the story that Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World had been hacking British citizens’ voicemail messages, including those of a murdered teenager, there was a public outcry. Unfortunately, this is the tip of a glacial iceberg that has the potential to bring down a lot more than the News of the World.
Last year, without due public debate and input, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Justice Department approved a merger between Comcast and NBC Universal that gave the Internet cable giant control over the programming of NBC news. At the same time, pursuant to the 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, Comcast as well as all other telecommunication companies are required to cooperate with the Federal government in providing the facility for government to search through all electronic communications sent down their pipes.
So presently, the government, with the help of Comcast and other telecommunication companies, can hack everyone’s phone and email conversations. Here also lies a new 21st century media model: a telecom company that owns and operates the infrastructure for the digital transmission of news and information; simultaneously owns the newsroom; and uses it infrastructure to assist the government in mass, warrantless surveillance of all American citizens.