Massive NSA Spying Program

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NSA has collected 'tens of millions' of phone records

"The phone call records of tens of millions of Americans" have been secretly collected by the National Security Agency since President Bush authorized the so-called warrantless eavesdropping program after the 9/11 attacks, USA TODAY is reporting.

Citing "people with direct knowledge of the arrangement," the newspaper reports that the program "is far more expansive than what the White House has (previously) acknowledged." It has also been conducted, USA TODAY writes, with cooperation from AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth. (Q&A on the NSA program here.)

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NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls
The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.

The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans -- most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.

"It's the largest database ever assembled in the world," said one person, who, like the others who agreed to talk about the NSA's activities, declined to be identified by name or affiliation. The agency's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the nation's borders, this person added.

For the customers of these companies, it means that the government has detailed records of calls they made -- across town or across the country -- to family members, co-workers, business contacts and others.

I bet youre right Rightious one

I know my fiancee heard a beeping sound on her cellphone one time when talking about Bush with her father.....then a message came up on the phone saying something like 'this call is being recorded'

dont know why theyd let you know though

sorry this has already been posted by HellBilly

if you're not doing anything wrong, why would you care if the government is watching everything you do?

Invasion of privacy...

what are you trying to hide?

ps: the constitution doesn't mention anything about a "right to privacy".

kind of like the fictional "separation of church and state"

"if you're not doing anything wrong, why would you care if the government is watching everything you do?"

because the government might be doing something wrong with the information that they collect

"ps: the constitution doesn't mention anything about a "right to privacy"."

U.S. Constitution: Fourth Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

read the part about probable cause

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Scarborough: Be Afraid, be very afraid

Joe speaks out against the Phone scam. When republican pundits are so fiercely against this program, how long will it take for the American people to understand Jonathan Turley's outrage?

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Scarborough: Now, for liberals who've long been going against almost all of these issues to defend privacy, the news has to be disturbing.  But no less so the conservatives who have fought national ID cards and gun registration for years out of fear of big government.

Now, whatever you consider yourself, friends, you should be afraid. You should be very afraid.  With over 200 million Americans targeted, this domestic spying program is so widespread, it is so random, it is so far removed from focusing on al Qaeda suspects that the president was talking about today, that it's hard to imagine any intelligence program in U.S. history being so susceptible to on"

Duncan: It's important to note also, of course, that being briefed on classified programs doesn't meant that Democrats can a) tell anyone about them or b) have the power to do anything about them. So to some extent the "they were briefed" is a bit of a red herring anyway.