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Report: Verizon Built Separate Fiber-Optic Line Linked Directly to US Government (Video)
Gateway Pundit ^ | June 15, 2013 | Jim Hoft

Posted on 06/15/2013 6:03:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Verizon reportedly set up a fiber-optic line linked directly to the US government.

The Cashing In panel weighed in on this controversial discovery today.

(VIDEO-AT-LINK)

Business Insider reported on the fiber-optic line:

James Risen and Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times — who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for this story on the NSA gaining the cooperation of U.S. telecommunications companies to obtain backdoor access to customer data — mentioned a detail from 2007 (emphasis ours):

In Virginia, a telecommunications consultant reported, Verizon had set up a dedicated fiber-optic line running from New Jersey to Quantico, Va., home to a large military base, allowing government officials to gain access to all communications flowing through the carrier’s operations center.

(Excerpt) Read more at thegatewaypundit.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: benghazi; bigbrother; fastandfurious; govtabuse; impeachnow; irs; nsa; nsaverizon; obama; surveillance; tyranny; verizon

1 posted on 06/15/2013 6:03:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...can you hear me now????


2 posted on 06/15/2013 6:04:40 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But I’m sure they only used it when they had a warrant. LOL


3 posted on 06/15/2013 6:11:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ptsal

It’s amazing that ATT-the other big carrier-doesn’t take advantage of the situation. My guess is that ATT is guilty too.


4 posted on 06/15/2013 6:12:20 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

sure sounds soviet like to me


5 posted on 06/15/2013 6:13:56 PM PDT by xp38
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To: DIRTYSECRET

I suspect they all are.


6 posted on 06/15/2013 6:14:06 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
A LOT of data for Obama and the DNC and al Qaeda
WITH ALL THE ISLAMIC and terrorist (and probably
narcoterrorist and mob) data removed.

"When the law no longer protects you from the corrupt,
but protects the corrupt from you -
you know your nation is doomed."

-Ayn Rand


7 posted on 06/15/2013 6:15:14 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: xp38

The Soviets would’ve cut off their right *** for this technology.


8 posted on 06/15/2013 6:16:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

My late father’s job at Southern Bell in the 1960’s and early 70’s was tapping phones at the frame in Florida. He retired from the USMC in 1965 as a commo chief so he was a shoo-in.


9 posted on 06/15/2013 6:19:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
It’s amazing that ATT-the other big carrier-doesn’t take advantage of the situation. My guess is that ATT is guilty too.

Part of the "arrangement" is if you disclose that this is happening you can and will be jailed.

Verizon can more-or-less safely discuss that which they did not reveal. I'd be willing to bet there's still a lot Verizon won't dare be first to mention.

You can be certain AT&T and every other carrier is under similar constraints.

You can be certain that the obama administration has access to every electron used in communication anywhere it can.

Knowledge is power...

10 posted on 06/15/2013 6:23:13 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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11 posted on 06/15/2013 6:26:04 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: combat_boots

There was a time when I thought it’d be Sarah Palin wielding Thor’s Hammer. Now, I’m not so sure.


12 posted on 06/15/2013 6:30:40 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: combat_boots

In case the reference is lost upon anybody:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R706isyDrqI


13 posted on 06/15/2013 6:35:35 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Do people even want liberty and freedom anymore?

It seems they give up so much so easily.


14 posted on 06/15/2013 6:46:43 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ptsal

is this grounds for me to get out of their contract?......this is obscene....


15 posted on 06/15/2013 6:51:33 PM PDT by cherry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Although nothing would surprise me at his point, I am sort of skeptical that this is being portrayed in the right context.

That Verizon had a "direct fiber optic link to the Government" is no surprise at all... after all, this is what Verizon DOES; it is one of their business products. My company has a direct fiber optic link to Verizon... AND Time Warner AND AT&T. These are all carriers who provide these services. Fiber links are really no different than the old ISDN , Frame-Relay or T1's we all used to use (including government) other than they are much faster. Those circuits are how companies (and government) link all of their facilities together and share data with the outside world... internet access, email, websites, etc.

So, while this has the potential to be a story, I'm just not so sure it is being painted fairly or not... it could be that this is nothing more than a simple WAN circuit. Does anyone have any more detailed information that would show otherwise?

16 posted on 06/15/2013 6:54:20 PM PDT by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
It’s amazing that ATT-the other big carrier-doesn’t take advantage of the situation. My guess is that ATT is guilty too.

Yes, but ATT has only been working with the government like that for... 75 years or so. It's a secret they never bothered hiding.

17 posted on 06/15/2013 7:15:45 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Do people even want liberty and freedom anymore?

"Freedom of choice Is what you got
Freedom from choice Is what you want"


18 posted on 06/15/2013 7:21:12 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: UCANSEE2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6yP8XQjyJ4


19 posted on 06/15/2013 7:30:08 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So any time any of us Verizon users admitted to a crime or threatened an official or revealed something in our past, they have it on file. All of it.


20 posted on 06/15/2013 8:51:32 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Totally true.


21 posted on 06/15/2013 11:56:15 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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22 posted on 06/16/2013 5:23:27 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: cherry
Mallard Fillmore on June 17th

Pretty well sums up the phone issue.

23 posted on 06/17/2013 3:41:03 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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