Report: Feds seize Verizon phone records

Newspaper says NSA is collecting phone records of millions Americans under secret court order
Associated Press
Jun 5, 2013

The National Security Agency currently is collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, Britain's Guardian newspaper said Wednesday.

The order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and was good until July 19, the newspaper said. The order requires Verizon, one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies, on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries.

The newspaper said the document, a copy of which it had obtained, shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of U.S. citizens were being collected indiscriminately and in bulk, regardless of whether they were suspected of any wrongdoing.

The Associated Press could not authenticate the order because documents from the court are classified.

Verizon spokesman Ed McFadden said Wednesday the company had no comment. The White House declined comment and referred questions to the NSA. The NSA had no immediate comment.

Under the terms of the order, the phone numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered, The Guardian said.

The broad, unlimited nature of the records being handed over to the NSA is unusual. FISA court orders typically direct the production of records pertaining to a specific named target suspected of being an agent of a terrorist group or foreign state, or a finite set of individually named targets. NSA warrantless wiretapping during the George W. Bush administration after the 9/11 attacks was very controversial.

The FISA court order, signed by Judge Roger Vinson, compelled Verizon to produce to the NSA electronic copies of "all call detail records or telephony metadata created by Verizon for communications between the United States and abroad" or "wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls," The Guardian said.

The law on which the order explicitly relies is the "business records" provision of the USA Patriot Act.

Comments

Contango

^^^“You have gotten crazier.” – 4shizzle, 6/5/13 :)

Erie County Resident

It is going to be ok.
You have nothing to fear from the DOJ and the Obamnazis.
I know the liberal clowns on here will say, "But Bush started it". Yes he did but he DIDN'T abuse it like Obama has and continues to do.

deertracker

"Seize" is the wrong terminology. It was all done by the letter of the law. Pay attention people!!! Nothing new here!

Contango

Re: "letter of the law"

Try: "Secret Warrant."

"We now know that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency used the Patriot Act to obtain a secret warrant to compel Verizon’s business services division to turn over data on every single call that went through its system." - NYT

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/0...

Now we've got "Benghazi talking points liar" Susan Rice as head of the NSA.

LadyC

Several years ago, 2007 I believe, a rebate for bundled service excise tax was made available via a tax credit. Perhaps this is a similar situation, as the cell providers also have several bundled services. The optimist in me would like to believe that these cell providers, with their expensive and confusing contracts and questionable services, may be under scrutiny, and not us, the individuals.

KURTje

Who started that there patriot act?

Fromthe419

That would be George W Bush and now President Barrack Obama thought it was such a good idea he decided to extend it for a few more years. Heck, who ever is in office after him will do the same. I'm sure it will be a permanent act of law.

Contango

NEWS FLASH: The New York Times editorial board joins the tinfoil hat conspiracy crowd.

"The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it."

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/0...

Contango

NEWS FLASH: Al Gore joins the tinfoil hat conspiracy crowd.

"Al Gore calls Obama administration’s collection of phone records ‘obscenely outrageous’":

http://www.washingtonpost.com/bl...

Blues

Didn't Al Gore invent the Internet? LOL

Contango

By the looks of him, he may have invented the Big Mac. :)

No need to worry about global warming, Al's eatin' up the planet.

Let's look at the Dems last couple Pres. and VP candidates:

Gore - divorced
Lieberman - tossed out of Dem party, supported McCain.
Edwards - divorced, disgraced.
Kerry - still henpecked.

Contango

Pres. Obama says: Don't be shocked! EVERYONE in the govt. knew about the NSA program!

Gotta wonder why so many Dem members of Congress have been stating that they were clueless and are pilin' on?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/20...

Contango

"President Barack Obama should end the broad surveillance of telephone calls and Internet usage, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said today."

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/20...

Yep! According to Mr. Obama; EVERYBODY KNEW. :)

Nemesis

Bottom line, we're living in J. Edgar Hoover's wet dream.

Centauri

http://rt.com/usa/anonymous-leak...
'How little rights you have:' Anonymous leaks more PRISM-related NSA docs

Centauri

http://leaksource.wordpress.com/
NSA FILES

http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith...
Public Documents Contradict Claim Email Spying Foiled Terror Plot

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