Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The whole "pants on fire" thing is infectious

What's with the sorta kinda denials slowly slipping out from the phone companies that were revealed in a news story to have provided information to the NSA about the phone records of American citizens?

As Think Progress so succinctly lays out for us, either the story's wrong, the phone companies are lying, or the phone companies have phrased their denials in a very lawyerly way.

Could the phone companies lie about such a thing without getting into hot water with the SEC?

Turns out they can. If the Director of National Intelligence says they can. Because the president signed a memo giving him that power.

You know, to protect national security.

(via Eschaton)

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