Edward Snowden. Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The New Yorker. October 11, 2014, New York City.

Greenwald (2013). NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily.

Greenwald, G. (2013, June 6). NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/06/nsa-phone-records-verizon-court-order

[These are excerpts from the first news report based on Edward Snowden’s release of NSA records. –oki]

“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.” (¶3)

“… this is the first time significant and top-secret documents have revealed the continuation of the practice on a massive scale under President Obama.” (¶7)

“The unlimited nature of the records being handed over to the NSA is extremely unusual.” (¶8)

“The court order expressly bars Verizon from disclosing to the public either the existence of the FBI’s request for its customers’ records, or the court order itself.” (¶10)

“The information is classed as ‘metadata’, or transactional information, rather than communications, and so does not require individual warrants to access.” (¶14)

“The law on which the order explicitly relies is the so-called ‘business records’ provision of the Patriot Act, 50 USC section 1861.” (¶21)

“These recent events reflect how profoundly the NSA’s mission has transformed from an agency exclusively devoted to foreign intelligence gathering, into one that focuses increasingly on domestic communications. A 30-year employee of the NSA, William Binney, resigned from the agency shortly after 9/11 in protest at the agency’s focus on domestic activities.” (¶27)

Photo of Edward Snowden by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The New Yorker. October 11, 2014, New York City.
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