June 6, 2013
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
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.
The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the
order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority
to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July
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