It does say something for capitalism when our wonderful telcoms have no problems breaking the 4th amendment at the urging of the Bush administration and spying on US citizens but fail to pay the phone bill for that spying and all that flag waving so-called patriotism goes right out the window.
Telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau’s repeated failures to pay phone bills on time.
A Justice Department audit released Thursday blamed the lost connections on the FBI’s lax oversight of money used in undercover investigations. In one office alone, unpaid costs for wiretaps from one phone company totaled $66,000.
Just like your local criminal, breaking the law is only beneficial when it puts money in your pocket. I hope members in Congress remember this when this issue, especially the part about immunity for telcoms, makes it’s way back onto the floor for debate.