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Were they going to pay Apple if they had somehow forced them to do the deed?

Example: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/verizon-att-get-most-bucks-from-...

>AT&T, for example, imposes a $325 "activation fee" for each wiretap and $10 a day to maintain it. Smaller carriers Cricket and U.S. Cellular charge only about $250 per wiretap. But snoop on a Verizon customer? That costs the government $775 for the first month and $500 each month after that, according to industry disclosures made last year to Congressman Edward Markey.

>And while Microsoft, Yahoo and Google won't say how much they charge, the American Civil Liberties Union found that email records can be turned over for as little as $25.

So the only argument the FBI hears is how much? Disgusting.

An argument you could make is that by associating a cost with wiretapping it discourages frivolous usage.

Since when did the FBI care about spending money that they get from taxpayers?


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