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Current Event Cat of the Day: Phone Records

Current Event Cat - Government Phone Records

Listen up: the Obama administration is not only tracking the phone records of AP journalists, they’re listening to your phone calls too. Aka, the US government has ordered Verizon to hand over tens of millions of phone records.

According to the Guardian, the US National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting the phone records for millions of Americans. The newspaper published a secret court order telling Verizon to hand over the goods on an “ongoing” basis.

But don’t worry – they did this for you. The government defended collecting phone records—or snooping on citizens—as a “critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats.” US authorities need the information to protect the nation from terrorist threats (like you).

While the White House has not made any official comment, a senior Obama administration official told the BBC that such records allowed counterterrorism officials “to discover whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged in terrorist activities, particularly people located inside the US”.

But before everyone starts blaming Obama for eavesdropping on their conversations, keep in mind this is legal as it falls under the “business records” law of the Bush-era Patriot Act. Just don’t mention anything about bombs, fraternizing with muslims, or say the word “Tea Party” and you should be good to go. 

Via: Current Event Cats & BBC News

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