posted on Jun, 6 2013 @ 10:26 AM
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest
telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
The law on which the order explicitly relies is the so-called "business records" provision of the Patriot Act, 50 USC section 1861. That is the
provision which Wyden and Udall have repeatedly cited when warning the public of what they believe is the Obama administration's extreme
interpretation of the law to engage in excessive domestic surveillance.
In a letter to attorney general Eric Holder last year, they (the Cato institute) argued that "there is now a significant gap between what most
Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows."
"We believe," they wrote, "that most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted" the
"business records" provision of the Patriot Act.
Here is a copy of the Court Order
What seems to be happening here is that they're collecting information that begins with US citizens, and
ends with US Citizens, so the argument
that they are searching these records to identify foreign terrorists is, to me, harder to swallow.
During the warrantless wiretapping "scandal" during the Bush years, Democrats were aghast at the intrusion into personal privacy and Republicans
adopted a "if you're not doing anything wrong, what's the problem" attitude. It will be interesting to see if those values flip. When I mentioned
parties, I meant professional politicians, not private citizens that were loyal to either party, so when I ponder if those values will have
flip-flopped now, I'm still
wondering about the reactions of politicians.
Secondly, it's disturbing to me that a UK paper broke this, not an American one. Where is our press? Obviously they're not doing their due diligence
of being the watchdog of our leaders.
ETA: I did a samaru search and came up empty only to see another thread on this after submitting. My apologies
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