Under the cloud of a spy scandal [telecom]

Under the cloud of a spy scandal, AT&T and Verizon should speak up

Mitchell Schnurman snipped-for-privacy@dallasnews.com Published: 15 June 2013 04:43 PM Updated: 15 June 2013 05:35 PM

Maybe companies can't defy the federal government over national security, but what about pushing back?

Don't count on much from the phone companies. AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless refuse to weigh in on the spy scandal engulfing the country, even though they're crucial to the secret programs. Together they have about 200 million wireless customers and millions more who use their Internet service and landlines. Yet they're issuing "no comments" and saying they must comply with court orders.

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