The price of Sir-Veil-lance
Lets see what these JUde-A$$es are charging the gov-ment for releasing your private information so as to wire tap and spy on users. Where once 30 pieces of silver was the fee to snitch Jesus in.
WOW verizon the can you spy on me now company seems to top the list by charging the government 775 for the first month of spying and 500 each additional month.
Still, the fees can add up quickly. The average wiretap is estimated to cost $50,000, a figure that includes reimbursements as well as other operational costs. One narcotics case in New York in 2011 cost the government $2.9 million alone.
Makes you wonder why half of someones lifetime earnings goes to taxations to pay for such stupidity.
Not everyone agrees.."
View galleryFILE - In this June 18, 2012 file photo, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., now-Senator-elect, speaks on Capit …
In 2009, then-New York criminal prosecutor John Prather sued several major telecommunications carriers in federal court in Northern California in 2009, including AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, for overcharging federal and state police agencies. In his complaint, Prather said phone companies have the technical ability to turn on a switch, duplicate call information and pass it along to law enforcement with little effort. Instead, Prather says his staff, while he was working as a city prosecutor, would receive convoluted bills with extraneous fees. The case is pending.
"They were monstrously more than what the telecoms could ever hope to charge for similar services in an open, competitive market, and the costs charged to the governments by telecoms did not represent reasonable prices as defined in the code of federal regulations," the lawsuit said.
The phone companies have asked the judge to dismiss the case. Prather's lawsuit claims whistle-blower status. If he wins, he stands to collect a percentage — estimated anywhere from 12 percent to 25 percent — of the money recovered from the companies.