Official Frank Serpico Blog
Friday, May 12, 2006
THE FOX IS IN THE HEN HOUSE
NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls
By Leslie Cauley, USA TODAY
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 Ã 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 Ã across town or across the country Ã to family members, co-workers, business contacts and others.
The three telecommunications companies are working under contract with the NSA, which launched the program in 2001 shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the sources said. The program is aimed at identifying and tracking suspected terrorists, they said.
bUSH SAYS: THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT "MINING OR TROLLING THROUGH THE PERSONAL LIVES OF MILLIONS OF INNOCENT AMERICANS"
I'M SUPPOSED TO TAKE THE WORD OF, IN MY OPINION, THE MOST CORRUPT LYING, IMMORAL , PATHETIC SOB THAT EVER INHABITED THAT SACRED OFFICE? WHAT HE IS REALLY AFRAID OF ARE HONEST AMERICANS WHO POSE A THREAT TO HIS CROOKED ADMINISTRATION.
NO HUMAN BEING TO DATE FILLS ME WITH AS MUCH DIGUST AS HE DOES.
Upon reflection and seeing his face, my feeling is not disgust but rather pity.