At least that's what some former NSA employees are saying. According to them, the NSA has their little hands in more than a few honey jars -- naming not only Verizon, but also AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile as companies that are currently helping the government stalk you. And who knows what else the NSA has been tapping?
The president of the carrier pigeon association declined to comment.
But even if you don't believe those guys, there's actually another very good reason to suspect that multiple phone companies are involved: They already have been.
This Scandal Already Happened Years Ago (and We Forgot About It)
When the scandal broke, a White House spokesperson tried to lessen the blow by explaining that this has been going on for years. It's the ol' "I've actually been banging your girlfriend since we met" excuse that always works so well.
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"And she's a screamer!"
Oh, and by years, they mean an entire fucking decade (since 9/11). In fact, we already had this exact same scandal back in 2006 during the Bush administration, when it was revealed that the NSA had a contract with AT&T, BellSouth, and (you guessed it) Verizon. Just like today, they were creating what was then called the "largest database ever assembled in the world" of telephone information. To continue the girlfriend analogy, we caught the NSA making out with our fiancee in 2006, then just forgot about it, and now we're raising their kid.
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She's reading our emails right now.