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Even before 9/11, the National Security Agency went to Qwest Communications and asked it to turn over Americans’ phone records without a warrant. Under the leadership of then-CEO Joseph P. Nacchio, and on the advice of lawyers, Qwest refused.
Regulators have restricted so much finance-related speech that people in the industry now have to lobby for the freedom to use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn like the rest of us. Or almost like the rest of us.
Speech regulation can make social networks dangerous for executives in other fields, too. Reed Hastings came under threat for boasting that Netflix had streamed a billion hours of video in one month.
Early this week NBC created a stir after reporting they had obtained a 16-page memo leaked from the U.S. Department of Justice that revealed new details on President Obama’s controversial “kill list.” Although still leaving many unanswered questions about the Obama administration’s policy on extrajudicial killings of American citizens, it does move this secretive practice further into light.
In its efforts to supervise Nebraska cattle producers' obedience to the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency is literally viewing them from above: It's sending surveillance planes to take pictures of their feedlots, Reuters reports.
The agency told the Omaha World-Herald its actions are legal: