ECHELON

As you may have heard, the NSA hopes to create a massive database of every single phone call made in the USA. They approached the big phone companies, and they all handed over data about your phone calls except Qwest. No warrants, no questions, they just gave the information away.

[Update 2 days later: If you think it’s no big deal, consider that the government is already illegally tapping journalists’ phone lines in an attempt to root out leakers and whistleblowers.]

If that bothers you, you could rant about it online. Or, you could consider doing something more productive: if you haven’t already done so, you could switch your long distance to Working Assets, and tell your old long distance provider why. Working Assets are the only phone company to have joined the ACLU in filing a lawsuit to challenge the spying.

(Also, if you do switch, feel free to give them my number as a referral code.)