AT&T Corp., Verizon Communications Inc., and BellSouth Corp. telephone companies began turning over records of tens of millions of their customers' phone calls to the NSA program shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, said USA Today, citing anonymous sources it said had direct knowledge of the arrangement.
Tens of millions of calls, huh? I’m sure ALL of those communications were between terrorists. Yup. Sure. Right.
"The government does not listen to domestic phone calls without court approval," said Bush.
Yeah, right. Like we all believe that.
NSA is the same spy agency that conducts the controversial eavesdropping program that had been acknowledged earlier by Bush. The president said last year that he authorized the NSA to listen, without warrants, to international phone calls involving Americans when terrorism is suspected.
In Bush we trust.
Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., said NSA was using the data to analyze calling patterns in order to detect and track suspected terrorist activity, according to information provided to him by the White House. "Telephone customers' names, addresses and other personal information have not been handed over to NSA as part of this program," he said.
Yeah, as if I believe that. But even if it were so, once NSA has the call info, it can get names, addresses, and personal info easily enough.
"We're really flying blind on the subject and that's not a good way to approach the Fourth Amendment and the constitutional issues involving privacy," Specter said of domestic surveillance in general.
"I'm not sure why it would be necessary to keep and have that kind of information," said House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, who wanted more details.
Even the Repubs are worried about this. Hmmm…
God bless Amerikuh – home of the free and the brave.