Miles Ehrlich is no fan of Big Brother. Just a few months after leaving government, the erstwhile chief of the San Francisco federal prosecutor’s white collar division – along with his partner, Ismail Ramsey – surfaced today as the lawyer for a San Francisco man who dropped what could be a big bomb in the ongoing government wiretapping scandal.
In a statement released today, their client, former AT&T technician Mark Klein, says that he witnessed the setup of a room in the phone company’s San Francisco office building that appeared to give the government access to all AT&T telephone and Internet traffic – and not just the international calls that the government has admitted to eavesdropping on.
"Based on my understanding of the connections and equipment at issue, it appears the NSA is capable of conducting what amounts to vacuum-cleaner surveillance of all the data crossing the Internet — whether that be peoples’ email, web surfing, or any other data,” Klein said. . . . .
[In his statement, Erlich said:] "Despite what we are hearing, and considering the public track record of this administration, I simply do not believe their claims that the NSA’s spying program is really limited to foreign communications or is otherwise consistent with the NSA’s charter or with [the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act].”