Report: Firm refused NSA request The National Security Agency has assembled the world's largest database of telephone records tracking the phone calls of tens of millions of AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth customers, it was reported on May 11. The companies began turning over records soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. However, Colorado-based Qwest refused to participate in the program. According to sources familiar with the program, the newspaper reported, Qwest's former CEO, Joe Nacchio, was uncomfortable with the NSA's claim that it did not need a court order to collect the data, particularly since firms can be subject to hefty fines for illegally sharing calling data.
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