Did Verizon build a fiber optic cable to give feds access?

That's the allegation contained in a class action lawsuit, and it was reported by no less than the New York Times in 2007.  Business Insider noted this and other troubling information on the possible magnitude of NSA spying on Americans. Over the weekend James Risen and Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times - who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for this story on the NSA gaining the cooperation of U.S. telecommunications companies to obtain backdoor access to customer data - mentioned a detail from 2007 (emphasis ours): In Virginia, a telecommunications consultant reported, Verizon had set up a dedicated fiber-optic line running from New Jersey to Quantico, Va., home to a large military base, allowing government officials to gain access to all communications flowing through the carrier's operations center.  (snip) The news about the Verizon-NSA fiber optic connection came from a class action lawsuit brought by a former...(Read Full Post)