Monday, October 22, 2007

Verizon Bribes U.S. Senator Rockefellor for TelCom Immunity

A trio of men in need of arrest and prosecution for involvement with bribery for Constitutional subversion, to wit the 1st and 4th Amendments:

For offering a bribe:
Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg
Chairman and CEO ($19,425,000 annual compensation 2005),
Executive VP and President and CEO of Verizon Wireless CEO Dennis Strigl
($11,209,600 annual compensation 2005)
For receiving a bribe:
U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller.
Verizon & AT&T Buy a Senator (and Possibly NSA Immunity)

While one moral defective gets caught with her campaign contribution hand in the Chinatown fortune cookie jar, another moral defective gets caught with his votes-for-sale hand on the wiretapped telephone:
Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia) is reportedly steering the secretive Senate Intelligence Committee to give retroactive immunity to telecoms that helped the government secretly spy on Americans.

He has also recently benefited from some interesting political contributions.

Top Verizon executives, including CEO Ivan Seidenberg and President Dennis Strigl, wrote personal checks to Rockefeller totaling $23,500 in March, 2007. Prior to that apparently coordinated flurry of 29 donations, only one of those executives had ever donated to Rockefeller (at least while working for Verizon).
More interesting facts:

--The Verizon donations all occurred in a single month: March 2007. Curious.

--Almost all the AT&T donations occurred on two single days: May 22, 2007, and June 1, 2007. Curiouser.

--Rockefeller, despite being worth over $100 million, actually needs the money, having "selflessly" pledged to spend none of his own fortune for his 2008 re-election campaign (in "very red" Red State West Virginia).

--The flood of telco executive donations to Rockefeller only began after the Democrats took control of the Senate; as one commenter notes, "It doesn't make sense to bribe a member of the minority party, does it?"

Meanwhile, Rockefeller's Senate Intelligence Committee passed the "telco immunity" version of the warrantless wiretapping authorization. Further hurdles await in the Senate Judiciary Committee and in the House. Let's see how much more telco cash finds it way into politicians' pockets.
Having been targeted by law enforcement while carrying a Verizon cell phone registered in my name as apparent revenge for my blog questioning the Vatican role in the U.S. government aborting its South Capitol Mall, and in the planning of the Washington Nationals Stadium, I do believe that Verizon knows that it violated the U.S. constitution.

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