Anger swells after NSA phone records court order revelations

Anger swells after NSA phone records court order revelations

Senior politicians reveal that US counter-terrorism efforts have swept up personal data from American citizens for years

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A White House spokesman said that laws governing such orders ‘are something that have been in place for a number of years now’. Photograph: Rex Features

The scale of America’s surveillance state was laid bare on Thursday as senior politicians revealed that the US counter-terrorism effort had swept up swaths of personal data from the phone calls of millions of citizens for years.

After the revelation by the Guardian of a sweeping secret court order that authorised the FBI to seize all call records from a subsidiary of Verizon, the Obama administration sought to defuse mounting anger over what critics described as the broadest surveillance ruling ever issued.

A White House spokesman said that laws governing such orders “are something that have been in place for a number of years now” and were vital for protecting national security. Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, said the Verizon court order had been in place for seven years. “People want the homeland kept safe,” Feinstein said.

But as the implications of the blanket approval for obtaining phone data reverberated around Washington and beyond, anger grew among other politicians.

Intelligence committee member Mark Udall, who has previously warned in broad terms about the scale of government snooping, said: “This sort of widescale surveillance should concern all of us and is the kind of government overreach I’ve said Americans would find shocking.” Former vice-president Al Gore described the “secret blanket surveillance” as “obscenely outrageous”.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/obama-administration-nsa-verizon-records

 

Perhaps enough “anger” will get you ready for what is coming… correction, already HERE in America.  But I somehow doubt it.