Light Readers Don't Love Osama
A wide majority of Light Readers believe BellSouth Corp. (NYSE: BLS) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) are providing call record data to the National Security Agency, despite their public claims. (See Someone's Listening....)
Some 86 percent of the nearly 300 readers who took our poll thought so. And 68 percent of Light Readers believe the telcos should share phone records with the government to help in anti-terror activities.
But on the question of whether or not the NSA is doing anything wrong by gathering and studying the records, Light Readers are of two minds. Fifty-one percent believe the government is doing nothing wrong, while 49 percent believe the phone record snooping is a step too far.
BellSouth and Verizon are vigorously denying having supplied records for the NSA program. (See Verizon Denies NSA Reports .) BellSouth last Friday called on USA Today to retract parts of the story that originally named it as a participant – with AT&T and Verizon -- and so began the furor.
The monkey continues to monitor the situation (and all calls to our offices), so stay tuned.
— Mark Sullivan, Reporter, Light Reading