The NSA Spies On Verizon Customers
Posted: June 8, 2013 by Maja Johnson
If you are a Verizon customer, you should better think twice before saying something you may regret in the future. According to a copy of top secret document released by the Guardian, the NSA ordered the telecommunication giant, Verizon, to provide data on all telephone calls made by its customers on a daily basis.
These telephone records include the number of the caller and receiver, the location of both parties, the duration of the phone call, and the time when the phone call was made. Basically, the NSA will keep track of all Verizon customers whether or not they have committed a crime or not. According to the document, the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court granted the FBI the ability to get data from the telecommunication company for a specific period, starting from 25 April to 19 July.
The court is reported to have issued the FBI unlimited authority to obtain data for that specific period. This is controversial as many experts believe that unlimited power is a bit too much. The FISA court usually issued orders that targeted terrorists and suspects. However, in this case it literally includes everyone.
Since 9/11 and the Patriotic Act, the Bush administration and security agencies collected call records and data as means to fight terrorism. This is the first time a top secret document was revealed to the public confirming that such spying has continued in the Obama administration as well.