You are being watched, listened to and they probably know a heck of a lot about who you are. Big Brother is watching, and Verizon has told them all about you.
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The National Security Agency (the NSA) has been collecting records on millions of American citizens and has taken phone calls and information from Verizon Its happening now, it happens every day, and apparently, its been happening for some time.
The Guardian got ahold of a court order that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court made, which requested the information during a 3-month period ending on July 19.
The NSA is after very specific information also. The court order ordered Verizon to give up “all call details or ‘telephony metadata’ created by Verizon for communications (i) between United States and abroad; or (ii) wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls”.
This information includes who you are, who you’re talking to and for how long. it also provides your whereabouts. The worrisome part is that this court order is unlimited; normally such requests are targets at suspected terrorists or groups.
While a great deal about this court order and the information seized remains unknown, The White House has responded by saying it was a necessary step to protect the country from terrorism.
Was this a one time order, or has it happened with some frequency? Is it just Verizon, or do Sprint and AT&T give up their records? Is this in the name of security, or an invasion of citizens privacy?
Don’t ask too loudly. Big Brother is watching.