Telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time.
In at least one case, a wiretap used in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act investigation "was halted due to untimely payment," the audit found. FISA wiretaps are used in the government's most sensitive and secretive criminal investigations, and allow eavesdropping on suspected terrorists or spies.
"We are great American patriots." said a phone company spokesperson. "We will subvert the Constitution, violate people's rights, and commit any crime the Bush administration asks us to in the name of democracy and freedom, but damned if we're gonna do it for free!"
It's just possible I made up part of that.