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Obama Administration Says Monitoring of Call Records is a 'Critical Tool'

Obama Administration Says Monitoring of Call Records is a 'Critical Tool'

Posted June 6, 2013 at 6:20pm by iClarified
The Obama Administration is defending the practice of monitoring complete phone records of U.S. customers calling it a 'critical tool' in protecting the public from terrorists, according to a WSJ report.

A document recently leaked by the Guardian revealed that the NSA has ordered Verizon to provide complete call records to the government for all call within and out of the Unite States. The order also says Verizon is prohibited from the telling its customers that it's handing over their call data to the government.

A senior Obama administration official said today that this data "allows counterterrorism personnel to discover whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged in terrorist activities, particularly people located inside the United States."


While the official stopped short of confirming the order which was to be classified from the public until 2038, the spokesperson noted that all three branches of government are involved in reviewing the collection of data under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The news is expected to outrage privacy groups and citizens who don't believe the government should be able to maintain a database that tracks the activity of its citizens.

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Obama Administration Says Monitoring of Call Records is a 'Critical Tool'Obama Administration Says Monitoring of Call Records is a 'Critical Tool'
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Consumer
Consumer - June 7, 2013 at 4:15pm
Land of the free ??? Yea f..ING right
bob53366
bob53366 - June 7, 2013 at 3:56am
This is not news - the internet has been monitored by ALL governments for many years. If you've got something to hide you should not be online. Look at Bin Laden he did not even have an internet connection and they still got him.
Slasher
Slasher - June 8, 2013 at 5:28pm
Didn't **
t11chb
t11chb - June 6, 2013 at 9:52pm
New world meaning just the US's world. Other countries wouldn't let this happen.
Consumer
Consumer - June 6, 2013 at 8:34pm
I thought lots of Hollywood movies already showed this. Govt also tracks the what we speak within our homes! Was this anything new. It's just how much govt trusts its people. Syria for example!
John
John - June 6, 2013 at 7:15pm
New World Order huh
John
John - June 6, 2013 at 7:15pm
New World Order being put into motion slowly.
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