While Republicans took no issue with the PATRIOT Act under George W. Bush, suddenly they’re alarmed that it’s used under the Obama administration. The ‘breaking’ story of the NSA collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order is actually not so new. What is alarming is that the PATRIOT Act continues today without more scrutiny.
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.
Citing massive federal government overreach, the hosts of Fox & Friends unanimously appeared appalled by the news — while also questioning whether the actions abuse the PATRIOT Act.
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The PATRIOT Act which Fox & Friends cheered on, is suddenly a problem when utilized by another administration.