There's more drama around the attempts by the current administration to
protect people who might have spied illegally on everyday American
Please note that this kind of wiretapping is not intended to defend
Americans. We know that because sufficient legal mechanisms already
exist, and because this kind of wiretapping was requested before the
administration was interested in counter-terrorism. Check out the court
testimony and documents
Recent revelations about former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio's
classified-information defense, which went unheard during his
insider-trading trial, are feeding the furor over the government's
Nacchio alleges the National Security Agency asked Qwest to participate in
a program the phone company thought was illegal more than six months
before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to court documents
unsealed at the request of The Denver Post.
Nacchio also maintains that when he refused to participate, the government
retaliated by not awarding lucrative contracts to Qwest.
Previously sealed transcripts released at the same time as the court
documents indicate the government was prepared to counter Nacchio's
The recently unsealed documents push that time frame back to February 2001
and indicate the NSA may have also sought to monitor customers' Internet
traffic and fax transmissions.