Edward E. Whitacre
Chief Executive Officer
175 E. Houston
San Antonio, Texas, 78205
Re: 2007 Shareholder Resolution
AT&T -- Privacy Rights Protection Report
Dear Mr. Whitacre,
As a shareholder of AT&T stock, I am concerned about the many reports alleging that our
company has been involved in sharing our customers’ private communications data records
with various entities within the federal government, including the National Security
Administration (NSA), without first requiring a court order or legal warrant.
I am astounded that you have been silent in response to those reports. From everything I
have read in the media so far, AT&T has refused to confirm or deny our company’s
involvement in the alleged NSA warrantless surveillance program, while several of our
competitors have denied participation.
Our company’s supposed involvement has caused harm to our goodwill and reputation;
and has in all likelihood disappointed current customers and discouraged future customers. In
addition, the potential legal liabilities from dozens of lawsuits are enormous and threaten to
undermine the share price that you and everyone else at AT&T have worked so hard to
By taking an industry leadership position and being an outspoken advocate for privacy
rights, you could increase the value of AT&T and improve its reputation among our
customers, employees, shareholders and the general public.
The “Privacy Rights Protection Report” shareholder proposal filed with the company asks
you to explain to shareholders AT&T’s position on the privacy rights of customers and the
ramifications of the company’s involvement in the domestic spying program thus far.
I hope you and the AT&T Board give serious consideration to adopting the resolution
outright and urge all investors to support it at the spring 2007 annual shareholder meeting.
Should you desire to discuss any of the issues raised herein please contact me.