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Secret court lets NSA extend its trawl of Verizon customers’ phone records

Posted By admin On July 20, 2013 @ 6:17 am In Featured Stories,Tile,U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Ed Pilkington
London Guardian [1]
July 20, 2013

The National Security Agency has been allowed to extend its dragnet of the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon through a court order issued by the secret court that oversees surveillance.

In an unprecedented move prompted by the Guardian’s disclosure [2] in June of the NSA’s indiscriminate collection of Verizon metadata, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has publicly revealed that the scheme has been extended yet again.

The statement does not mention Verizon by name, nor make clear how long the extension lasts for, but it is likely to span a further three months in line with previous routine orders from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa).

The announcement flowed, the statement said, from the decision to declassify aspects of the metadata grab “in order to provide the public with a more thorough and balanced understanding of the program”.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/19/nsa-extended-verizon-trawl-through-court-order

[2] the Guardian’s disclosure: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/nsa-phone-records-verizon-court-order

[3] NSA collecting phone records of millions daily, court order reveals: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-collecting-phone-records-of-millions-daily-court-order-reveals.html

[4] Verizon Rewarded for Records Release With $10 Billion Government Contract: http://www.prisonplanet.com/verizon-rewarded-for-records-release-with-10-billion-government-contract.html

[5] The Same Federal Judge Who Struck Down Obamacare Approved The Government’s Sweeping Collection Of Phone Records: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-same-federal-judge-who-struck-down-obamacare-approved-the-governments-sweeping-collection-of-phone-records.html

[6] Supreme Court lets AT&T wiretapping immunity stand: http://www.prisonplanet.com/supreme-court-lets-att-wiretapping-immunity-stand.html

[7] Verizon Wireless wants to ‘edit’ your Internet access: http://www.prisonplanet.com/verizon-wireless-wants-to-edit-your-internet-access.html

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