A former CEO of Qwest who refused to allow the NSA to spy on customers was suspiciously charged with and found guilty of insider trading of his own company’s stock, despite being bullish about his company’s prospects.
Just one major telecommunications company refused to participate in a legally dubious NSA surveillance program in 2001. A few years later, its CEO was indicted by federal prosecutors. He was convicted, served four and a half years of his sentence and was released this month….
He reportedly refused [to cooperate with the NSA] because his lawyers believed such an action would be illegal and the NSA wouldn’t go through the FISA Court.
The very believable possibility of retaliation by the NSA was something he was not allowed to present as evidence during his trial.
If true, it suggests that the US’s kafkaesque and unjust system of surveillance and draconian prosecution work in tandem, punishing those who resist complicity with mass surveillance. If all this is accurate, the former Qwest CEO, Joseph Nacchio, is a hero, not a law-breaker.