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