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Thursday, June 6, 2013

White House Defends NSA Verizon Surveillance

Aerial view of the National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. (nsa.gov)

Aerial view of the National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. (nsa.gov)

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are knocking down speculation that the secret collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records is tied to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper published a court order from a U.S. federal judge instructing Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give customers’ phone records to the National Security Agency (NSA).

The order is marked “top secret” and dated 10 days after the Boston Marathon bombings, but senators say the order was actually a three-month renewal of an ongoing practice.

The information shared by Verizon includes numbers dialed, where calls were made and how long calls lasted. It does not include the content of calls.

The White House is defending the practice as “a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats,” while not confirming the Guardian report.

It’s long been known that the NSA was gathering huge amounts of information under the Bush-era Patriot Act. But this is the first time it’s become known that the Obama administration was doing it.


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  • Charlie E

    This is clearly something that should be debated as a matter of public policy, and its constitutionality ruled on by the Supreme Court. The fact that it is Top Secret and illegal to for the public to see for 25 years is an outrage and makes a mockery of secrecy in the name of security.

    • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

      perhaps secrecy in the name of security is just like other freedoms given up in the name of security

  • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

    at this point the terrorist threat seems so slight that it seems pretty far fetched to justify any of this nonsense. almost anything dangerous is a greater danger than terrorists. like fertalizer plants or tornadoes.  boston actually had a terror attack and fewer people were killed than were killed by riding bicycles in that city.  how many hundreds of thousands of foriegn people do we have to kill to win the war on terror? what exactly is the end game of that war? how will we know when we win?

    • dust truck

      But woe be to you if you dare download any copyrighted material!  The Government needs to save the profits for a handful of wealthy corporations.

    • Dataninja

      Watch your child’s legs blown off in front of you.

      Might change how “tiny” you would see this as.

      But then again, your comments are not surprising, being a person that makes fun of the suffering people feel from natural disasters.


  • J Frog

    When he promised the “most transparent” administration in history, President Obama meant our phone records, personal emails, and IRS records.

  • Stacy21629

    Both my parents work for the NSA, have for their entire careers.  I remember as a kid thinking it was kinda cool that my parents worked at this super secret place and I never really knew what they did and they both had security clearances…as I became an adult and especially in the last few years and months – with Bradley Manning, the Patriot Act, this new Verizon thing…it saddens me and sickens me to know that they are and have been a part of this organization.  What have they been privy to?  What have they seen and ignored?  My parents are a part of spying on American citizens.  :(

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