It might involve your phone records
(Jason Howerton) Millions of Americans’ phone records are being indiscriminately collected every day by the National Security Agency (NSA), according to a copy of an alleged “top secret” court order leaked to The Guardian. The alarming discovery seems to reveal the scale of domestic surveillance under the Obama administration.
The alleged order, reportedly issued in April, demands that Verizon give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems on an “ongoing, daily basis” over a three month period. This includes calls made both within the U.S. and between the U.S. to other countries.
(Read the alleged court order here)
Verizon is one of the largest telephone service providers in the United States, meaning millions of Americans are affected by this secret court order.
“The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing,” The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald reports.
According to the report, the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) approved the court order to the FBI on April 25. The order gives the U.S. government complete authority to compile all the data they want over the designated three month period, ending on July 19.
Taken directly from the alleged top secret court order:
“IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, the Custodian of Records shall produce to the National Security Agency (NSA) upon service of this Order, and continue production on an ongoing daily basis thereafter for the duration of this Order, unless otherwise ordered by the Court, an electronic copy of the following tangible things: all call detail records or ‘telephony metadata’ created by Verizon for communications (i) between the United States and abroad; or (ii) wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls.”
The order was signed by FISC Judge Roger Vinson, a federal judge in Florida. Vinson also became the first federal judge to find “Obamacare” unconstitutional in its entirety back in 2011
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