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L.M. Ericsson, Eiffel Tower Table Top Telephone, in production from 1892-1929. Sweden. Exhibition Interface, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

One of the first telephones to incorporate microphone and receiver elements into a single handset and one of the first free-standing telephones designed for a table top. Prior to this nearly all phones were wall mounted. The design was copied by several manufacturers.

Meet the whistleblower who exposed the secret room AT&T used to help the NSA spy on the Internet.

As documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden expose how AT&T aided the NSA’s vast spying operations, Democracy Now! speaks to former AT&T technician Mark Klein, who worked at the company for 22 years. In 2006, he blew the whistle on AT&T’s cooperation with the National Security Agency by leaking internal documents that revealed the company had set up a secret room in its San Francisco office to give the NSA access to its fiber-optic Internet cables.

Watch the full interview at democracynow.org.

Freed markets and unfettered competition are highly destructive to the power of large corporations. But generally the giant corporations that talk the most about “free markets” and “deregulation” got their market power with plenty of subsidies and protections from the government. Their idea of “freedom” is to abuse that power without restriction.