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Under Section 215, the government can apply to the FISA court to compel businesses (like Verizon) to hand over user records. Here's what Slate wrote about Section 215 in a 2003 guide to the Patriot Act:
Section 215 modifies the rules on records searches. Post-Patriot Act, third-party holders of your financial, library, travel, video rental, phone, medical, church, synagogue, and mosque records can be searched without your knowledge or consent, providing the government says it's trying to protect against terrorism.
Originally posted by Wookiep
I think this Snowden guy is a hero and I hope it becomes a trend and more follow his example. I just can't believe the number of people on ATS and elsewhere who are so willing to defend the govt. It doesn't even take a "wack job conspiracy theorist" to know things are way off with our govt.
Furthermore, all the libs need to stop defending the Obama administration no matter what, it's getting old fast. Step outside the hive liberal political mentality and think for yourselves. Sheesh, we all know, like the patriot act that all the libs would be crying if even half of the things that have happened under this admins watch, happened under Bush's.
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, the Republican author of the Patriot Act, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that says he is “extremely disturbed” by reports that the National Security Agency collected phone records from Verizon customers and insists it violates the law.
“These reports are deeply concerning and raise questions about whether our constitutional rights are secure,” the Wisconsin Republican said in the letter, sent Thursday.
Read more: www.politico.com...
Originally posted by smurfy
I would not be surprised if a huge criminal investigation will be started because of this.