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Alternative News by Reprehensor on 1/4/09
(James Bamford has done another great deed for the public by revealing
the extent of the NSA's wiretapping on U.S. soil, and how the NSA
sub-contracts the vast majority of its work to Israeli high-tech firms
bristling with "former" Israeli military intelligence agents, and in
the case of Verint, a company with serious corruption issues. It was
Bamford who popularized the existence of Operation Northwoods in his
2001 book, Body of Secrets. In The Shadow Factory, he sheds light in
the secret rooms of Verizon and AT&T, and shows the NSA to be a very
poor custodian of the nation's security.)

Bamford Brings the Goods

On October 14, 2008, James Bamford talked about some of the shocking
research in his new book on Democracy Now!, with Amy Goodman;

Along with the mass surveillance being conducted on all U.S. users of
AT&T and Verizon by Narus and Verint, (according to Bamford), two other
Israeli-owned companies, Amdocs and NICE Systems, have their fingers in
the wiretapping pie as well.

Christopher Ketcham preceded Bamford in September, with with the
article "Trojan Horse", that focuses on Verint, Amdocs, and CALEA (the
legislation which brought all of these problems into existence);

"Together, Verint and Amdocs form part of the backbone of the
government's domestic intelligence surveillance technology. Both
companies are based in Israel – having arisen to prominence from that
country's cornering of the information technology market – and are
heavily funded by the Israeli government, with connections to the
Israeli military and Israeli intelligence (both companies have a long
history of board memberships dominated by current and former Israeli
military and intelligence officers). Verint is considered the world
leader in "electronic interception" and hence an ideal private sector
candidate for wiretap outsourcing. Amdocs is the world's largest
billing service for telecommunications, with some $2.8 billion in
revenues in 2007, offices worldwide, and clients that include the top
25 phone companies in the United States that together handle 90 percent
of all call traffic among US residents. The companies' operations,
sources suggest, have been infiltrated by freelance spies exploiting
encrypted trapdoors in Verint/Amdocs technology and gathering data on
Americans for transfer to Israeli intelligence and other willing
customers (particularly organized crime)...

None of US law enforcement's problems with Amdocs and Verint could have
come to pass without the changes mandated by the Communications
Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which, as noted, sought to
lock spyware into telecom networks. CALEA, to cite the literature,
requires that terrestrial carriers, cellular phone services and other
telecom entities enable the government to intercept "all wire and oral
communications carried by the carrier concurrently with their

If Ketcham and Bamford are correct, (so far, no lawsuits), then the
National "Security" Agency has thrown the "National Security" of the
United States under the bus.

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