Is There A Direct Fiber Optic Link Between Verizon And The NSA?

Verizon Allegedly Built A Fiber Optic Cable To Give The Feds Access To Communications -- Business Insider

For years Americans' right to privacy, as granted by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, has come under threat as the country's surveillance systems have grown.

After intelligence leaks by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, however, the NSA's domestic dragnet is finally getting the attention that many people feel it deserves.

Over the weekend James Risen and Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times — who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for this story on the NSA gaining the cooperation of U.S. telecommunications companies to obtain backdoor access to customer data — mentioned a detail from 2007 (emphasis ours):

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My Comment: So much for Verizon's denials last week that such was the case. It will not surprise me if the same arrangement probably exists with the other carriers and major U.S. internet companies.

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