National Security Agency collecting phone records of millions of Americans

The National Security Agency is collecting communication records of millions of American citizens under a court order signed by a judge sitting on the FISA court. The order pertains to a subisidiary of Verizon, but it is suspected that all major US carriers have their own FISA court order. New York Times: The Obama administration is secretly carrying out a domestic surveillance program under which it is collecting business communications records involving Americans under a hotly debated section of the Patriot Act, according to a highly classified court order disclosed on Wednesday night. The order, signed by Judge Roger Vinson of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in April, directs a Verizon Communications subsidiary, Verizon Business Network Services, to turn over "on an ongoing daily basis" to the National Security Agency all call logs "between the United States and abroad" or "wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls." The order does not...(Read Full Post)