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Thursday, June 13, 2013

New World Next Week: Episode157 - NSA Catch-22, Bankster Bail-Ins, Less Peace Episode157 -
NSA Catch-22, Bankster Bail-Ins, Less Peace

Episode157 - NSA Catch-22, Bankster Bail-Ins, Less PeaceWelcome to New World Next Week - the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:

Story #1: Snowden, 'Catch-22' And The Dehumanization Of Our Nation
NSA Snooping Was Only the Beginning: Meet the Spy Chief Leading Us Into Cyberwar
Interview With #NSA Whistleblower William Binney
Moment Of Clarity: What You Don't Know About The NSA Spying Program
'Eagle Eye' Shia LaBeouf, Government Surveillance Whistleblower?
Connecting the Dots on PRISM, Phone Surveillance, and the NSA’s Massive Spy Center
Lawmakers Refute Obama’s Claim that Full Congress Knew About NSA Program
Flashback: Information Awareness Office

Story #2: Land Of The Rising Bail In - Deposit Confiscation Coming To Japan Next
Japan To Adopt 'Bail-Ins,' Force Bank Losses On Investors If Needed
U.S. Banks Profit From Facilitating Fraud Against Their Customers
Deutsche Bank Opens 200-Tonne Gold Storage Facility In Singapore
Dark Money Politics
NWNw Flashback: Cyprus To Sell €400 Million In Gold To Finance Part Of Its Bailout

Story #3: World Less Peaceful Than Five Years Ago
June 13 Starts The 100-day Countdown To The International Day of Peace
NWNW Flashback: Studies Show World 'Has Never Been This Peaceful'

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

emergency alert 'plan' coming to your 'smart' phone

valuable information or scaring you into submission?
emergency alert 'plan' coming to your 'smart' phonefrom nytimes: The emergency broadcast system is coming to cellphones. Updating the national emergency alert system, federal officials planned to announce on Tuesday in Manhattan that some cellphone users in New York and Washington will soon be able to receive alerts by text message in the event of a national or regional emergency.

The service in those cities is scheduled to start late this year as a prelude to nationwide service next year, perhaps as early as April. To receive the alerts, users must have mobile phones with a special chip, which is currently included in some higher-end smartphones like the latest iPhones. The service will also require a software upgrade.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

killing jpmorgan with silver bullets

video: crash jpmorgan buy silver
killing jpmorgan with silver bulletsfrom washington's blog: Leading economists and financial experts say that our economy cannot recover until the too big to fails are broken up. See this and this. The giant banks have been sucking money out of the real economy and making us all poorer. But the government is refusing to even rein in the mega-banks, let alone break them up. One of the too big to fails - JP Morgan - manipulates the silver market. See this, this, this, this and this.

According to the National Inflation Association, JP Morgan is “short 30,000 silver contracts representing 150 million ounces of silver. This is one of the largest concentrated short positions in the history of all commodities, representing 31% of all open COMEX silver contracts.” This could leave JP Morgan exposed if people go out and buy physical silver in large numbers.

Mike Krieger and Max Keiser have an idea for attacking the weak underbelly of the seemingly invincible too big to fail banks and market manipulators ... all at the same time. Specifically, they say that if everyone buys just 1 ounce of silver, it will force JP Morgan - a giant manipulator of the silver market - to cover its short positions, and drive it out of business.

econocrash updates:
euro under siege after portugal hits panic button*
could erupting financial crisis lead to the end of the euro & the breakup of the european union?*
wall street quietly seeks to undo new financial rules*
'these numbers will increase': US sets 50 bank probes*
government employees owe billions in delinquent taxes*
more americans quitting jobs than being laid off*
penny-pinching consumers cutting cable, cell service*
wal-mart's secret study: inflation already here*
wash post runs '5 myths about federal reserve' written by rothschild economist*
video: 'quantitative easing' & the money scam explained*

Thursday, October 21, 2010

10/21 newspurge: don't waste your time just looking back

US slips to 49th in life expectancy: study*
US slips to 49th in life expectancy: studyhalf of US teens 'meet criteria for mental disorder'?*
confirmed: psychiatric manual dsm-iv-tr labels free-thinkers, non-conformers as mentally ill*
how cnn/cfr's gupta became big pharma's favorite face*
drug companies pay 17,000 US doctors, report finds*
scientific american: kill more babies to save earth*
20yr-old embryo becomes baby boy*
polish bishops call ivf 'younger sister of eugenics'*
alleged leader of cult works as psychologist*
israel building underground facility in case of bioterror*
americans show concern about taking flu vaccine*
un to vote on chemtrails*
video: plum island - conspiracy theory with jesse ventura*

US will enforce marijuana laws despite california vote*
los angeles sheriff: pot legalization 'not going to pass, even if it passes'*
legalize marijuana, says former US surgeon general*
cvs fined $77m for selling meth ingredients to criminals*

US leaders destroying the dollar*
official: US owes $1.2b in united nations dues*
chicago sheriff says no to enforcing foreclosures*
here's that devastating report on bank of america that everyone is talking about*
video: 85% of college graduates must move back home*
video: dylan ratigan's epic rant on the banksters*

merkel says german multi-cultural society has failed*

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

pay tv subscriptions fall for first time ever in US

pay tv subscriptions fall for first time ever in USfrom investors's business daily: The number of subscribers to cable, satellite and telecom TV services in the U.S. fell for the first time ever in the second quarter, according to research firm SNL Kagan. The U.S. multichannel TV market lost 216,000 customers last quarter, vs. a gain of 378,000 a year ago. The total number of subscribers to cable, satellite and telecom video fell to 100.1 million in the second quarter, SNL Kagan says. Cable TV firms lost 711,000 subscribers last quarter, while satellite and telecom TV services managed to add 81,000 and 414,000 subscribers, respectively. Are more people moving to Internet-based TV? "Although it is tempting to point to over-the-top video as a potential culprit, we believe economic factors such as low housing formation and a high unemployment rate contributed to subscriber declines in the second quarter," said SNL Kagan analyst Mariam Rondeli. Many analysts believe over-the-top TV eventually could upend the pay TV business. OTT TV is video programming delivered over broadband Internet and bypassing traditional service providers.

related update: the colony & post-apocalyptic predictive programming for the whole family

Thursday, January 28, 2010

econocrash updates: taxes, axes, boom & busts

oregon voters approve tax hike for corporations & rich families
oregon voters approve tax hike for corporations & rich familiesfrom nytimes: Amid recession, high unemployment and tight household budgets, voters in Oregon have agreed to raise taxes on people with higher incomes, to pay for public education and social services. One of only five states with no sales tax, Oregon has long kept its corporate taxes relatively low. A statewide cap limits how much property taxes can rise, and before Tuesday voters had not approved a statewide income tax increase in nearly 80 years. Each of the two tax proposals, Measures 66 and 67, won decisively, in part because of support from large labor unions and because of how the taxes are directed.

video: 'fear the boom & bust' - hayek vs keynes rap*

america's impending master class dictatorship*
vatican bank charged with money-laundering*
5 bank failures bring year's total to 9*
fdic chief/thief sheila bair received bank of america mortgages while working on bank of america bailout*
sam's club cuts 11,200 jobs, 10% of workforce*
verizon to cut 13,000 jobs as businesses reduce lines*
record number of young americans jobless*
28% of orlando-area rental apts, condos, townhomes vacant*
tishman to hand over nyc's stuyvesant town to its lenders*
it's official: dems push new debt ceiling to $14.3t*
sc lt gov bauer: needy 'owe something back' for aid of 'feeding stray animals'*
treasury dept to investigate geithner about aig bailout*
game over for the american middle class*
video: economics 101 -
f. william engdahl on money & political power

update: senate confirms bernanke for 2nd term as fed chief
from latimes: Ben Bernanke today won a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve. In a debate that was more about popular anger over the economy and government bailouts than about Bernanke's technical qualifications, the Senate voted 70-30 to confirm Bernanke... "Bernanke fiddled while our markets burned," said Sen. Richard Shelby, a conservative Republican from Alabama, complaining that Bernanke did not see the economic crisis. No Fed chairman has ever been rejected by the Senate. Paul Volcker in 1983 was confirmed for a second term by a vote of 84-16.

bloomberg: secret banking cabal emerges from aig shadows*

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

fbi invoked 'emergencies' to illegally get 1000s of phone records

fbi invoked 'emergencies' to illegally get 1000s of phone recordsfrom washington post: The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 U.S. telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records, according to internal bureau memos and interviews. FBI officials issued approvals after the fact to justify their actions.

E-mails obtained by The Washington Post detail how counterterrorism officials inside FBI headquarters did not follow their own procedures that were put in place to protect civil liberties. The stream of urgent requests for phone records also overwhelmed the FBI communications analysis unit with work that ultimately was not connected to imminent threats.

A Justice Department inspector general's report due out this month is expected to conclude that the FBI frequently violated the law with its emergency requests, bureau officials confirmed.

The records seen by The Post do not reveal the identities of the people whose phone call records were gathered, but FBI officials said they thought that nearly all of the requests involved terrorism investigations.

download 102 pages of documents obtained here [7.1mb PDF]

update: inspector general cites 'egregious breakdown' in fbi oversight - download the ig report here [5.9mb PDF]

Thursday, October 15, 2009

police state int'l: fbi, dmv, fema, norad, apf & more

police stop more than 1m people on street*
police stop more than 1m people on streetphone company is arm of govt, feds admit in spy suit*
report: US considers phone companies 'arm of government'*
nypd tracking cell phone owners, but foes aren't sure practice is legal*
los angeles' anti-terrorism program sparks controversy*
battening down the hatches: secret state monitors protest, represses dissent*
fit to fly? balance board tapped to detect shifty characters at airports*
who’s who in big brother's database?*
fbi delves into dmv photos in search for fugitives*
fbi building system that blows away fingerprinting*
driver license photo database used by fbi*
apf withdraws effort to run hardin jail*
ag drops investigation into apf*
above the law? hilton refuses to co-operate with montana atty general*
behind montana jail fiasco: how private prison developers prey on desperate towns*
proposed bc law would allow big fines, jail time for olympics violators*
jericho's ravenwood comes to america*
waco siege 'enforcer' to rule over global police force*
6yr-old suspended for bringing camping utensil to delaware school*
delaware school backs down after outcry over ban on pupil with lunch knife*
former right-wing leader warns of religious right violence: 'anyone can be killed'*
norad exercise planned for east coast, new england on oct14-16*
pittsburgh: beta test for a police state*
fema to evaluate maryland's readiness*
sweatshop conditions in US cities*

Monday, October 12, 2009

woman imprisoned for selling to saddam was working for cia

woman imprisoned for selling to saddam was working for ciafrom raw story: A Detroit-area businesswoman serving a six-year sentence in federal prison for selling goods to Iraq during the embargo against Saddam Hussein was unwittingly working for the CIA, the woman's supporters say.

According to NBC affiliate WDIV, Dawn Hanna of Rochester Hills, Michigan, was working for a CIA contractor when she arranged for telecommunications equipment to be sent to the Middle East in 2002 and 2003.

The person claiming to be that contractor, Emad Al-Yawer, says that he was working on a CIA plan to sell communications equipment to Saddam Hussein that would be bugged with espionage instruments. The plan was for the agency to locate and kill the Iraqi dictator.

"The whole idea was, once they get to Saddam, send a smart bomb and blow him [to] smithereens," Al-Yawer told WDIV. Al-Yawer's Jordanian company, Advanced Technical Systems, was the partner with whom Hanna worked to deliver the communications equipment.

Monday, September 21, 2009

sprint provides cel/gps to fema for vehicle tracking program

officially called 'commercial equipment direct assistance program'
sprint provides cel/gps to fema for vehicle tracking programfrom sprint: The Federal Emergency Management Agency, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, is relying on Sprint to provide 2,000 Nextel handsets in support of FEMA’s nationwide vehicle tracking system. As part of an agreement signed earlier this year, Sprint is providing handsets equipped with industry-leading Nextel Direct Connect® and TeleNav Track, a cell phone-based GPS navigation and tracking service. This powerful combination of technologies allows the agency do its job efficiently during an emergency by supporting quick deployment and effective management of its critical resources. The ability to set up anywhere and at any time is crucial for FEMA, especially when the agency is called upon to provide disaster support... Sprint offers the following hurricane preparedness tips, pandemic flu tips for businesses and consumers. To learn more, click on this link to watch a Sprint executive speaking about Sprint’s pandemic planning and preparations tips for businesses and general consumers.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

change: obama pushes renewal of warrantless spying on americans

change: obama pushes renewal of warrantless spying on americansfrom paul joseph watson: President Barack Obama has once again betrayed his promise to restore liberties eviscerated by the Bush regime by pushing Congress to renew Patriot Act provisions that allow for warrantless spying on American citizens, even in cases where there is no link to terrorism whatsoever.

According to a Wired News report, the “Obama administration has told Congress it supports renewing three provisions of the Patriot Act due to expire at year’s end, measures making it easier for the government to spy within the United States.”

Obama’s support for the provisions should come as little surprise because he first voted for warrantless wiretapping of Americans in 2008 when he was an Illinois Senator, while also lending support for immunizing the nation’s telecommunications companies from lawsuits charging them with being complicit in the Bush administration’s wiretapping program.

One of the provisions Obama is pushing to renew is the so-called “lone wolf” provision, enacted in 2004, which allows for the electronic monitoring of an individual without the government having to prove that the case has any relation whatsoever to terrorism or a foreign power. This is in effect a carte blanche for the government to use every method at their disposal to spy on any American citizen they choose...

Barack Obama swept into office on a mandate of “change” and a commitment to restore liberties that were eviscerated under the Bush regime. Despite promising to do so, he has failed completely to overturn Bush signing statements and executive orders that, according to Obama, “trampled on liberties.” Indeed, despite promising to end the use of signing statements, he has continued to use them.

Obama has failed to close Guantanamo Bay or any other CIA torture “black site” as he promised to do.

Obama has failed in his promise to “reject the Military Commissions Act” and instead has supported the use of military commissions.

Obama has continued to allow the rendition and torture of detainees, while protecting Bush administration officials who ordered torture from prosecution and blocking the release of evidence related to torture.

Obama has gone even further than the Bush administration in introducing “preventative detention” of detainees, ensuring people will never get a trial.

In restating his support for warrantless wiretapping of American citizens, Obama has once again proven that his promise of “change” was nothing more than a hollow and deceptive political platitude to ensure his election. Since he took office, Obama has betrayed almost every promise he made and effectively become nothing more than the third term of the Bush administration.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

obamessiah coronation: yay! we're out of the frying pan!

new commander-in-chief sworn in
new commander-in-chief sworn infrom ap: Stepping into history, Barack Hussein Obama grasped the reins of power as America's first black president on Tuesday, saying the nation must choose "hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord" to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. In frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of more than a million packed the National Mall and parade route to celebrate Obama's inauguration in a high-noon ceremony. They filled the National Mall, stretching from the inaugural platform at the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial in the distance. With 11 million Americans out of work and trillions of dollars lost in the stock market's tumble, Obama emphasized that his biggest challenge is to repair the tattered economy left behind by outgoing President George W. Bush.

inauguration security tight after threats received

as security envelopes capital, def sec robert gates hides out in a 'continuity of government' scheme as 'designated successor'
from danger room: As the crowds descend on the National Mall to hear President-elect Barack Obama take the oath of office, security in Washington is tighter than ever. Over 10,000 National Guard troops are on duty, part of a task force orchestrated by the Secret Service that includes uniformed police, plainclothes officers and representatives of dozens of government agencies... Perhaps the most important security precaution, however, is being taken by the Pentagon. As part of a "continuity of government" scheme, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will go to an undisclosed location, where he will ride out the inaugural festivities as Obama's designated successor in the event of some catastrophe. The White House announced the plan on Monday; Pentagon spokesman told Agence France-Presse that Gates "will be spending the day at a military installation outside the national capital region."

transcript of president obama's inaugural address

inaugural inanity
inaugural inanityfrom lew rockwell: Ten thousand National Guardsmen, 7,500 active-duty soldiers, 25,000 cops from "99 federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies." A city "honeycombed" with "communication command centers" spying on supposedly free Americans with 5,265 surveillance cameras. And, as if we aren’t already up to our eyeballs in goons, an entire brigade of the US Army on call. The cost for this hyperbolic hysteria? Hundreds of millions at a time when many taxpayers can’t scrape together the next month’s mortgage. All for an inauguration that has attracted no "specific threats." 'Critics' contend that this is overkill. Go figure... You can say this for the TSA and the millions of Americans cheering an emperor who has no clothes: they certainly deserve one another.

shoe-bombers strike washington

'goodbye bush': chant in crowded washington metro
'goodbye bush': chant in crowded washington metrofrom dpa: Washington thrummed with excitement Tuesday morning as tens of thousands crowded into subway cars and poured through the streets to celebrate the end of one era and the beginning of another. In just four hours, Barack Obama will take the reins of US power from George W Bush, and Metro riders at L'Enfant Plaza, stalled by train problems, began to sing. 'Goodbye Bush, Goodbye Bush,' over and over and over they chanted. The mood was as much an outpouring of support for the country's first African-American president as it was a celebration of the Republican president's departure after eight increasingly unpopular years in the White House.

bush commutes sentences of ex-agents

cheney finally wheeled away
cheney finally wheeled awayfrom raw story: Outgoing Vice President Dick Cheney will attend President-elect Obama's inauguration in a wheel chair, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said on Monday. Cheney was moving boxes into his new residence in McLean, Va., when he pulled a muscle in his back. Cheney's doctor said he will need to travel by wheelchair for several days, according to a published report.

limbaugh: 'i hope obama fails'

how obama is wooing the military
how obama is wooing the militaryfrom time: Amid all the pomp and solemnity surrounding his arrival in Washington, Barack Obama found time to perform a couple of quiet salutes to an important constituency. On Sunday morning, he and Vice President–elect Joe Biden placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. On Monday morning, the President-elect slipped over to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for an unannounced visit with troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. Much of the country may have missed those brief visits, but the men and women of the U.S. military didn't... And so, as far as the courtship is going, Obama is getting a solid salute back from the rank and file.

video: obama’s national day of service
(or, obama's day of national service)

martin luther king on war: silence is betrayal
from brasscheck tv: Yesterday was Martin Luther King day. Today, the US inaugurates a new president who happens to be black. Some people connect the two events. They can't be serious. Even after the "cease fire," civilians in Gaza are still being slaughtered and Obama's silence is deafening. Like McCain, Obama went to AIPAC on bended knee to get their blessing. It's an insult to King and his memory to compare the two. Obama needs to earn the comparison and he's far from it right now.

obama's hbo/disney/verizon inaugural celebration attracts 400k

obama to defend telecom spy immunity
from threat level: The incoming Obama administration will vigorously defend congressional legislation immunizing U.S. telecommunication companies from lawsuits about their participation in the Bush administration's domestic spy program. That was the assessment Thursday by Eric Holder, President-elect Barack Obama's choice for attorney general, who made the statement during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

and the overflow of updates...
obama sworn in as 44th US president*
order of the inaugural parade down dc's pennsylvania avenue*
'i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear…'*
obama's inaugural address: humility, gratitude, sacrifice*
obama succeeds bush as 44th president of the US*
bush bids goodbye at capitol, begins trip to texas*
'change has come': 1st post on announces*
fact check: obama goofs right off the bat*
obama speech censored in china*
video: exuberant at inauguration, msnbc's matthews gushes about 'change'*
record masses of 2million meet obamessiah on mall*
media unleash round-the-clock obama-mania*
hardly in office and already obama makes a mistake*
few protesters at inauguration*
slideshow: barack obama's inauguration*
oprah & obama share 'top secret' dinner steps from white house*
video: alex jones on russia today: obama inauguration*
audio: alex jones analyzing obama*
obama’s rise due to 'blueblood' ancestry or power of american dream?*
kennedy taken out on stretcher from luncheon after experiencing convulsions*
obama seeks halt to legal proceedings at gitmo*

video: cnn says roberts 'screwed up' oath of office

Saturday, July 12, 2008

fisa ‘compromise’ completes police state transformation

fisa ‘compromise’ completes transformation of US into full police statefrom larry chin: On Wednesday, the US Congress overwhelmingly passed legislation permitting government spying, including giving immunity to telecommunications companies involved in secret domestic surveillance programs. With the stroke of George W. Bush’s pen, the US is now a police state by definition.

The extent of the spying program, and its larger implications, have been revealed by Mark Klein, who blew the whistle on secret domestic spying program of Bush/Cheney’s National Security Agency (NSA) and AT&T: AT&T whistleblower: spy bill creates infrastructure for police state

The update of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, called the “FISA compromise,” or more appropriately, the “spy bill,” largely completes the triumph of the Bush/Cheney administration and a bipartisan criminal consensus. By convenient design, the FISA revision derails pending lawsuits filed against the Bush administration’s corporate spying partners (AT&T, Sprint Nextel, and Verizon), silences (the largely empty-to-begin-with) congressional investigations into the Bush administration’s illegal domestic spying program.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and the Democrats have now moved to silence all discussion about the issue.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

yes, your precious dems have sold you out again

senate bows to bush, approves surveillance bill
from ap: Bowing to President Bush's demands, the Senate approved and sent the White House a bill Wednesday to overhaul bitterly disputed rules on secret government eavesdropping and shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits complaining they helped the U.S. spy on Americans.

congress votes to immunize lawbreaking telecoms, legalize warrantless eavesdropping
from salon: The Democratic-led Congress this afternoon voted to put an end to the NSA spying scandal, as the Senate approved a bill — approved last week by the House — to immunize lawbreaking telecoms, terminate all pending lawsuits against them, and vest whole new warrantless eavesdropping powers in the President. The vote in favor of the new FISA bill was 69-28. Barack Obama joined every Senate Republican (and every House Republican other than one) by voting in favor of it, while his now-vanquished primary rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, voted against it. John McCain wasn’t present for any of the votes, but shared Obama’s support for the bill. The bill will now be sent to an extremely happy George Bush, who already announced that he enthusiastically supports it, and he will sign it into law very shortly.

update: bush signs fisa bill, aclu sues
bush signs fisa bill, aclu suesfrom threat level: The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Thursday over a controversial wiretapping law, challenging the constitutionality of the expanded spy powers Congress granted to the president on Wednesday. The federal lawsuit was filed with the court just hours after Bush signed the bill into law. The ACLU is suing on behalf of journalist and human rights groups, asking the court put a halt to Congress's legalization of Bush's formerly secret warrantless wiretapping program. The ACLU contends (.pdf) the expanded spying power violates the Constitution's prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

homeland stupidity won't pay its phone bills

fbi wiretaps dropped due to unpaid bills
fbi wiretaps dropped due to unpaid billsfrom washington post: The FBI, which has had trouble keeping track of its guns and laptops, also has a chronic problem paying its phone bills on time, according to audit results released today. Telephone companies have repeatedly cut off FBI wiretaps of alleged terrorists and criminal suspects because of failures to pay telecommunication bills, including one invoice for $66,000 at one unidentified field office, the audit found... "Late payments have resulted in telecommunications carriers actually disconnecting phone lines established to deliver surveillance results to the FBI, resulting in lost evidence," Fine wrote in a seven-page summary of the audit's findings.

wiretaps cut after feds fail to pay bills
wiretaps cut after feds fail to pay billsfrom threat level: The FBI routinely failed to pay telecom companies promptly for providing phone and internet lines to the FBI's impressive domestic surveillance architecture - resulting in at least one phone company cutting off a foreign intelligence wiretap until the FBI paid its bill, according to an audit released Thursday.

The Justice Department's Inspector General also found that telecom charges and invoices for surveillance overwhelmed the FBI's ability to keep track of their bill and that one field office got a $66,000 bill from a carrier for unpaid surveillance work.

Some of the problems stemmed from telecoms billing multiple times for individual surveillance warrants - which, in the case of Cox Communications, costs $1500 for a 30-day wiretap order. But telecoms also bill the FBI for internet connections and phone lines that connect the carrier's wiretap-friendly switches with the FBI's wiretap software system known as the Digital Collection System.

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