The chairwoman of the US Senate Intelligence committee has said that the state has been collecting the telephone records of millions of US Verizon customers since 2006, and the order is a three-month renewal of a continuing practice.
The collection of records was “on an ongoing daily basis,” beginning on April 25, 2013 and ending July 19, 2013, Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic Senator from California confirmed to reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday. However, the practice may have been habitual for seven years prior to its exposure.
I’ll reserve full judgement, but the Bush wiretapping policy was to target terror suspects who resided outside of the US who were in contact with Americans. That is perfectly legal, and just fine by me. Besides, the US tapped the line outside of the US.
Most of the accusations of wiretapping Americans ‘while talking to grandma’ were baseless, and false. This appears to be something entirely different.
However, I’m willing to concede that PERHAPS this was going on prior to this administration, and we are simply just learning about it. Though there is no evidence of this claim as of yet. Sorry, Feinstein’s word isn’t good enough for me. Especially considering she doesn’t seem to know for certain either.
In either case, Obama supporters should be pissed as hell that he has broken yet another promise.
The United States government doesn’t need a reason to seize and search the cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices of Americans entering the country, according to a Department of Homeland Security document provided to the press this week.
The DHS has long insisted that border agents and immigration officers are allowed to collect the electronics of US citizens crossing into the country without reason or cause, but a December 2011 document made public this week once and for all shines a light on a sparsely discussed security-measure that has attracted the attention of privacy advocates and others who’ve equated the practice as a constitutional violation.
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 order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.