Get Free Phone Calls

I, Cringely is discussing the NSA wiretaps this week in his column. He has some interesting ideas about what the NSA might actually be doing, but I really liked the end of the column where he tells the story of some nuns who got free phone service when their phones were tapped.

“Here’s one more tidbit on wire-taps: They get you free phone service! The feds tapped the phone of the Sisters of Mercy in Washington D.C. because of some anti-war stance or something they took in the 1980s. The good sisters noticed some kind of clicking on the phone at times, and finally decided that someone must have tapped into their phone. Their solution: Don’t pay the bill so the phone company will have to shut off the phone. The phone never went dead, and they quit sending them bills! The Feds wouldn’t let Ma Bell shut them down, and probably began paying the bills. The sisters talked long and free with their friends across the country!

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