If I Were a Verizon Customer

The quantity of Obama Administration scandals just keep growing and growing.  And one of the latest, as reported by the Guardian, is but one more 'molehill' of evidence to be added to the mountain that is beginning to prove Orwell a true visionary.

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.

The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.

The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk - regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.

I could further analyze the ongoing, rapid erosion of all Americans' -- not just conservatives -- civil liberties under the Obama Administration.  But instead, I have some thoughts in relation to the costs associated with this particular scandal.

As a business owner, I understand that all of my costs of doing business must somehow be passed along to my paying customers; otherwise I won't stay (or want) to be in business for very long.   

So what are the costs incurred by Verizon as a direct result of being ordered to turn over this information to the NSA on an "ongoing and daily basis" and how does this ultimately affect the prices Verizon customers pay?

If I were a Verizon customer, learning that my wireless provider was enabling the government to trample on my Constitutional rights would be bad enough.  But being forced to pay (in addition to what I already pay to government) to have the government spy on me would bring my anger to a whole new plateau.

Verizon customers (and non-Obamaphone customers of any company doing the same) should start asking questions and demand a refund, no matter how small, if any costs were passed on to them as a result of this NSA mandate.  Perhaps having the bottom line affected would cause Verizon -- as well as other companies -- to think twice before throwing their customers under the proverbial Obama bus, and put up a fight, or at least make a little noise the next time they receive a liberty destroying "order" from the federal government.

 Scott blogs at www.politiseeds.com