Verizon Wants to Chat About -$1000 Bill

Back in mid-may, we decided that the best way to protest the phone companies selling our records to the NSA was to send our cell phone company a bill for $1000. What we did is take our Verizon bill, deduct $1000 from it, and enclose a copy of 18 USC 2701 with relevant secitons highlighted. Specifically, those parts saying that if anyone gives up your phone records, they can get fined $1000. Obviously, this is in jest. But Verizon’s taking it seriously enough to want to schedule a conference call with us.

We’ll schedule the call and let you know how it goes.

Full letter after the jump.

Previously: HOWTO: Win $1000



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  1. He says:

    I hope you record that call! This could be funny regardless of whether which party gets reamed.

  2. ModerateSnark says:

    So, when they gave up on reaching you by telephone, does that mean the guy finally got tired of unsuccessfully yelling “Can you hear me NOW?!!!?

  3. steinwaytony says:

    Don’t forget though, that the only reason the NSA recently discovered the Al-Qaeda plot to play chemist in the NYC subways is because of the same type of program that has been hastily branded as “spying on ordinary American citizens” for purely political purposes.

  4. GenXCub says:

    Steinwaytony, I see you’ve been brainwashed by the Republipundits. Remember that what real people with real opinions oppose is doing this without warrants, not that we’re being spied on. I think the majority of people out there would not mind a little monitoring of their phone records for a set amount of time, listening for a specific type of information… that is what would be in a warrant. As it stands right now, if someone makes a call to Iran and mentions something about how they grew some pot in the basement, that’s flagged and they’re off to the police.

    Saying “New York would have been gassed if we didn’t illegally spy on our citizens” is a specious argument, and not provable. (sorry if this posts twice, the interface didn’t seem to be working)

  5. Falconfire says:

    Agreed, there is plenty of wiggleroom in the old system to be able to monitor calls and route relivant info WITHOUT monitoring everyone and everyhing big brother style. You also cant say that this prevented the subway attacks because we had all the info and MORE for 9/11 and didnt do shit with it. The reason? the administration at that time didnt find crediable the threat that the former one (Clinton) placed on Bin Laden.

    The NSA spying has nothing to do with terrorism (which we could monitor and prevent as far back as the Cole bombing when the political machine started to really take that loony for real)and EVERYTHING to do with stamping out people who dont like the government having more power than they should have by law.

  6. MrBartokomous says:

    Actually, if I’m not terribly mistaken… I read in an article today that the details of that plot’s existence were relayed to intelligence officials by informants within Al-Qaeda. It was planned and then called off by one of Bin Laden’s top lieutenants before it was actually carried out.

    Canada was able to avert a terror plot recently without any need for illegal wiretapping or unsavoury tactics. The US has way more resources, and there’s no reason they can’t do the same.

  7. Plasmafire says:

    Make sure you record and document everything, and make certain you have all your research handy, it could be helpful to have a “lawyer” handy for extra shove it down their throat power. Oh and try not to laugh while your on the phone with them.

  8. FredTheCat says:

    Am I the only one that finds it ironic that the telephone company can’t manage to reach their own subscriber by telephone?