Thursday, June 06, 2013

Verizon Wireless forced to turn over records to NSA

The National Security Agency is collecting telephone records for millions of Americans it was revealed late on Wednesday night June 5, 2013.

A copy of a secret order to obtain phone records for all Verizon Wireless  customers was obtained, showing that the NSA was monitoring all incoming and outgoing calls made on that network.

"a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats." an anonymous White House Spokesman says.

The order in question, which was issued in April, compelled Verizon Wireless to give the National Secuirty Agency information on all phone calls that were routed through its network over a period of three months, the order to look for enemies foreign and domestic.

Verizon spokesman Edward McFadden declined to comment on the report. "It also contains a gag order prohibiting Verizon from disclosing information about the order to anyone other than their counsel."

According to the document published by The Guardian, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court Judge Roger Vinson signed a "Secondary Order" granting an FBI request for access to the records.