"NSA is the same spy agency that conducts the controversial domestic eavesdropping program that has been acknowledged by President Bush. The president said last year that he authorized the NSA to listen, without warrants, to international phone calls involving Americans suspected of terrorist links."
Remember when the WH tried to strong arm Google to hand over their database?
Could the NSA be using their homegrown ECHELON spy system?
And why would it be necessary for Qwest to say "no" to the NSA if the NSA wasn't conducting a domestic phone surveillance program?
There's an old country proverb that says that if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and smells like a duck... you can rest assured that it's a duck.