Tuesday, May 16, 2006

FCC CHIEF CALLS for investigation in wake of telephone records disclosure --
Reacting to reports that the companies complied with NSA requests to look at the records, [FCC Chairman Michael J.] Copps said that "protecting the security of the American people is our government's number one responsibility" and that a probe was necessary to determine whether a violation of Section 222 or any other provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 occurred. On Thursday, US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that he would call on the phone companies [Reuters report] implicated in the USA Today report to provide information to the committee on the allegations, while President Bush defended domestic surveillance activities.