Homeland Security Doesn't Extend To Telemarketing Calls
from the this-is-not-a-sales-call dept
Telemarketers’ dialing machines, which simply call one number after another or dial random numbers, are apparently calling security hotlines for state governors (via Boing Boing) set up by the Department of Homeland Security. According to the governor of Delaware, her hotline rings with timeshare offers and long-distance calling pitches. One would imagine that such a line might be something a little more, uh, secure than a simple phone line with an unpublished number, but apparently not. The DHS supposedly put the governor’s numbers on the do not call list, but no avail. If this government agency — tasked with things like, oh, securing the country and stuff — can’t figure that out, it doesn’t engender much faith in its abilities. One more question: with the government’s apparently limitless wiretapping capabilities, couldn’t they pretty easily track down these telemarketers and get them to stop?