HOT BLAST: What do you think about the government collecting phone records? (Take our poll)
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Pedestrians pass a Verizon Wireless store in New York on Thursday. The Obama administration on Thursday defended the government's need to collect telephone records of American citizens, calling such information "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats." (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Pedestrians pass a Verizon Wireless store in New York on Thursday. The Obama administration on Thursday defended the government's need to collect telephone records of American citizens, calling such information "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats." (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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The story of the day comes from the Guardian:



"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."

In a follow-up, The New York Times found, "Responding to the disclosure on Wednesday night of a highly classified court order to a subsidiary of Verizon Communications seeking all of its customers’ communications logs, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the top Democrat and Republican on the Intelligence Committee, said the order appeared to be a routine reauthorization as part of a broader program that lawmakers have long known about."

So, while it may be news to us citizens, it's not been a secret to leaders in Washington. According to some senators, the collection has been going on for seven years.

Our question is: What do you make of this news? Explain your answer in the comments below. (The usual disclaimer that this isn't a scientific poll applies.)

Does it bother you that the federal government can look over your phone records?


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