Is Your Phone Company Violating Your Privacy?
May 16, 2006
USA Today reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting, without warrants, the phone call records of millions of Americans, assisted by such phone companies as AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth.
The secret program is intended as a means of analyzing patterns to search for terrorist activity, even though most of the data being collected is from people who are not suspected of any crime. The scope is far greater than the White House has acknowledged; President Bush has claimed to only have authorized warrantless eavesdrops on international calls.The NSA's ultimate goal is to create a database of every U.S. call ever made. Of the larger telecommunications companies, only Qwest, which thought the legality of warrantless information collection was questionable, has refused to assist the NSA.