The telecommunications company Qwest turned down requests by the National Security Agency for private telephone records because it concluded that doing so would violate federal privacy laws, a lawyer for the telephone company’s former chief executive said today. ~The New York Times

Just to add to the fun, in the legalese of one of Qwest’s lawyers there was a “disinclination on the part of the authorities to use any legal process.” I imagine there was. Eespecially if the project was illegal. But that line has a pretty good chance of equalling Al Gore’s “no controlling legal authority” line for conveying the arrogant illegal behaviour of this administration.