Leaked court order reveals Verizon is handing over call records to NSA

By , Jun 6, 2013

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According to a new report, a newly leaked court order has revealed that the National Security Agency (or NSA) is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of United States cell phone users on Verizon Wireless.

The order, which was granted to the FBI by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), requires the carrier to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its system from both within the US, and between the US and other countries…

The Guardian reports:

“The order, signed by Judge Roger Vinson, compels 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”.

Under the terms of the blanket order, the 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 order appears to be a follow-up to the data-mining program started by the Bush administration in 2001, immediately following the 9/11 attacks, in an effort to flush out terrorists. It wasn’t supposed to be declassified until April of 2038.

The report goes on to say that while the order doesn’t require call/message content or personal information, its collection would enable the NSA to build a “comprehensive picture” of who any individual contacted, with details like when, where and how.

As you can imagine, this story has erupted over the last 12 hours. At the time of this writing, ‘#NSA’ was trending on Twitter. Following the hashtag shows many Americans are outraged by the privacy breach, and Verizon customers are threatening to cancel service.

Obviously, both Verizon and the NSA have declined to comment at this time.

So, what do you make of all of this?

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  • Ian

    Glad I’m not a criminal. :D

    • Jeremiah Donovan

      its not a matter of being a criminal or not its a matter of freedoms, they are violating the rights of the masses who arnt criminals. im not a criminal either, nor do i have anything to hide but it dosnt mean im not pissed about it. its as bad as trying to ban firearms for law abiding citizens because psychos who arnt allowed to own guns anyway commit crimes with them.

  • Guest

    Terrorism turned the nation of freedom into the nation of confinement…

  • Mykel Monroe

    We are already a police state. I am not surprised. 1984.

  • MrM0N0P0LY

    Good thing I’m on AT&T

    • CASEACE79

      If you think other carriers aren’t being forced to also comply you are extremely gullible. Verizon is just the one caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

    • Raul Henriquez

      Lol

  • knob

    The govt monitors our finances & donations, healthcare decisions, coming soon black boxes for our cars and smart meters on our homes, now the information on our phone calls and of course now we need domestic drones. And what the hell for? Pretty damn outrageous.

    • Jeremiah Donovan

      a little behind, black boxs have been in cars over a decade now, first time i heard of them was back in 02 where one was used from a corvette to convict a 19 year old of involuntary manslaughter when he was racing and killed a woman

    • Jeremiah Donovan

      in fact to add a little to my previous comment, the newer black boxes are actually bluetooth and wireless enabled allowing police to shut down vehicles remotely, not very many cars have them yet though

  • Rohaη

    Ouch, and you know that Verizon probably isn’t the only one, I have a feeling this scandal isn’t gonna go away any time soon. Scary stuff.

  • Richard Borkovec

    They just admitted that this has been going on since 9/11, and the PATRIOT ACT was just their law to make it legal. When asked if other carriers were doing it, they just said “”We can’t answer that.” So yeah, it doesn’t matter what carrier you’re on, they’ve been doing it for over a decade now.

  • Daniel Hernández

    9/11 has being the perfect excuse to keep taking away our freedom!! :-/

  • Justin Thurmond

    A Free Market – a market is only as free as the person at the top of the pyramid will let it be – Free to change hands of power, Freedom for those in power to pursue what they wish – I dont mind, its just odd that we as a nation dont recognize our Free Market for what it is

  • John Edmunds

    Not supposed to be declassified until April 2038…..

    FAIL

  • Kurt

    This has everything to do with Obama, yet this post has nothing to do with Obama. Go figure. Keeping people in the dark. Obama doesn’t care about people’s rights. Reporters, Conservatives, millions of Verizon users, etc.

    The Government is taking peoples rights away and saying its to keep you. No more giving up our rights for safety. Enough is enough. Give us our freedoms back.