NSA orders Verizon to hand over cell data

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

(WHAS11) -- The phone numbers you call, the length of your conversation, even where you are calling from are all bits of information being turned over to the government, according to a report from the UK's Guardian Newspaper.

The paper posted a copy of the secret order, showing the National Security Agency is requiring Verizon to hand over the data on an ongoing and daily basis.

Associate Professor of Law at the University of Louisville, Luke Milligan, says he doesn't think the action is legal. He says even though the government officials can't see the contents of your phone conversations, they can still get an intimate look at your life.

"If anytime in the last eight weeks you've called a criminal defense lawyer, a disease treatment center, an abortion provider, a mistress, your church," Milligan said. "It's not very difficult to connect the dots about the private events in your life."

While we only know about Verizon customers, Milligan says a similar order has likely been given to all cell phone providers.

The Obama Administration is defending the move, saying the records are vital to counter-terrorism. They also are pointing out that Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act which allows the administration to spy on Americans. Congress is also briefed on what the NSA does. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says a domestic terrorist attack was even thwarted because of the records collection.
 

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