U.S. government, Sprint to fight in court over wiretap expenses
Sprint Corp and the U.S. government said on Monday they will face off in court over how much money law enforcement agencies owe the wireless provider for help the company was required to give investigators who wanted to tap phone calls.
The Obama administration filed a suit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Monday, alleging that Sprint overcharged the government $21 million for expenses it incurred while complying with court-ordered wiretaps and other surveillance help.
So, on the one hand, good on Sprint for making the government pay. I guess I assumed that when the government asked for the information, companies just handed it over, no questions asked. I mean, who wants to piss off the guys that can run IRS audits at will or revoke FCC permits if they desire?
On the other hand, the feds are alleging that Sprint overcharged by $21 million. How the hell much were they paying to begin with if $21 million is extra? Millions of our tax dollars are going to phone service providers to help the federal government spy on us? Really? I guess I can't really blame Sprint for getting reimbursed if that's allowable, but by the same token it's a little infuriating that this is costing well into the millions.
I mean, it's not like the fed has ever been dissuaded by a price tag, right?
That is all.