Friday, June 16, 2006

New Jersey Subpoenas Phone Companies. Federal Government Sues to Block the State

The New Jersey Attorney General, Zulima V. Farber, has issued subpoenas to AT&T, Verizon, Qwest, Sprint, Nextel, and Cingular Wireless, demanding to know if they have turned over customer phone records to the NSA.

The United States federal government filed a lawsuit yesterday in federal court to block New Jersey's subpoenas, saying that forcing the companies to reveal the information would endanger national security.

"People in New Jersey and people everywhere have privacy rights. What we were trying to determine was whether the phone companies in New Jersey had violated any law or any contractual obligations with their consumers by supplying information to some government entity, simply by request, and not by any court order or search warrant," said Farber.


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