Outrage Over NSA’s Theft of Millions of Verizon Customers’ Records; but What About the Agency’s Recording of All Cell Calls?

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As Restoring Liberty reported last month, a retired FBI counter-terrorism agent let it slip during a CNN interview regarding the Boston Marathon Bombing that the U.S. government is recording all cell phone conversations.

Previously, NSA whistle-blower William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the agency, claimed in an interview with the New York Times that the federal government was engaged in near-universal surveillance of digital communications, not just in the United States but internationally. He claims that he helped develop the technology to accomplish this.

With that as the backdrop, it was disclosed yesterday that the NSA secured an Order from a top secret U.S. Foreign Intelligence Court out of Washington, D.C. to gather up the records – on an ongoing, daily basis – of all telephone calls such as the length of the call, phone numbers, time of the call, and geographic location of the call.

Why would the Feds need this when they’re already recording all cell communications? Mr. Binney would have to answer that question but perhaps the government is only able to intercept the data packets for voice communications and is unable to match those to specific phone numbers without the additional information supplied by the carriers.

In any event, this outrageous Fourth Amendment violation is yet another reason that many are suggesting the country has entered into an era of “soft tyranny.”

Here’s more on the NSA’s Verizon snooping from the British outlet that first broke the story:

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 April.

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 19.

Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered

  • Dowhatsright

    Well all of you dumbos that voted for the a** hole we now
    have in office deserve to have your phone conversation recorded. You are so
    dumb that someone had to dial the number for you. I and thousands of others have been telling
    you about the danger of electing this person and you chose to ignore the
    information and listen to the democrat party leaders. Well the old story of you get what you pay
    for came through.

    I will bet the most of you that are outraged over the fact
    that your conversations were recorded will not even call you congressman to
    complain and demand that they defund this action. You will believe their BS that they have to
    do this because of the terrorist using cell phones. The truth is that they are
    more afraid on the people organizing a revolution than they are of the
    terrorist. That is why they listen to your
    conversation and record them. You are giving up more and more of your freedom
    each day by listening to their BS about terrorist. Remember, “A man that gives
    up his freedom for security will soon have neither.”

  • Kent2012

    the next update will include some obscure data that suggest the George Bush and Dick Cheney are responsible for this as well as all the evil and rotten things that have happened to mankind since the dawn of time…do not, under any circumstance, blame the current communist administration for any wrong doing……

    • freedom

      umm they are both guilty as everything and should both be tried for treason over this. Bush started it true, but that doesn’t mean this administration is absolved while continuing the practice. Killing Pakis with drones and torturing Yemenis is one thing, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Iraq intel, this program, carnivore, banker bailouts while home owners were left holding the bag, Gtmo still functioning, all different stories. This country has been run by centrist traitors since 2001, and general traitors the 7/8 administrations beforehand (depends if Ford counts). Left needs its own tea party, money needs out from political arena and these amnesty from crime clauses (this instance, monsanto, torture, fed govmnt as whole) that protect from litigious actions need to be made illegal

    • William Weeks

      then why is it going on during OBAMA’S watch!

      • Kent2012

        Because he is a communist…..The FISA program under the Bush administration monitored, by computer, international calls into and out of the US when suspected rag head terrorists were at one end or the other of the call….the computers were listening for “key” words or phrases….The Brooklyn Bridge bomber plan went south, why? because Farsi had no translation for the “Brooklyn Bridge, when the computer picked that up it flagged the conversation for a human to listen to…….

  • JohnMcIntyre

    If so then we have everything to fear since the Tsarnaev’s use sprint,att,vonage,etc.. throw away phones. The Patriot act was passed when Bush 43 was potus. Homeland documents the Osama bin ladin types communicate at the mosque or face to face over coffee,or ear to ear. Is this the same NSA under Donelson now Benghazi Rice who trashed the list with the Tsarnaev brothers muslim terrorist sleeper cell. Panetta,Cia,Fbi and Petraus and joseph Holder Goebbels used the patriot act to spy on Rev. Billy Graham,Tea Party Patriots,white male attorneys,professors of law, and white women from Houston and Wutumpka Alabama? Shop the federal judges to get any warrant signed was the way pretty prosecutors got warrants signed on tv crime shows. Did the three victims of the Tsarnaev triple murder die because the Holders did not discriminate on muslim jihad terrorists who murder on USA soil? Alas bobby kennedy wiretapped Rev. Martin Luther King,Jr. Batman Obmass did not destroy the machine.New movie for Morgan Freeman. God Bless America and Jesus is Lord! Respectfully;John McIntyre

  • Linda

    bho is behind it all. He said he would reward his friends and punish his enemies. From the start he has been setting up his own kingdom and has no plans to step down. Watch and see, there will be a “crises ” that will give him a reason to stop the next president election.

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  • William Weeks

    if they are into our smart phones then they might as well be HACKING INTO OUR COMPUTERS ! THE the IRS will be next

    wait!!! I didn’t say any of that ! this is a wrong number!

  • William Weeks

    hopefully this will cost fineslime Her seat “literally”

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  • wandamurline

    What is the name of the Judge who gave them a blanket warrant? We need to know who is doing this. As I say over and over again, judges need to be elected…..not put into office by the President or Governors. No one and I mean no one, should have a job for life and have to answer to no one….prime example….the traitor, John Roberts….if he were facing re-election in 2012….I believe that his opinion on Obamacare would be completely different.