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The Government has your phone records

Posted in Doom, Politics and Society with tags , , , on June, 2013 by melendwyr

No, really, they do.  It’s  not a paranoid fantasy.  And they’ve probably been doing it for years.

Since many of the sites reporting on this will not even be looked at by the sort of person I’ll be having to force this information on, I’ll just link to the BBC‘s version.

Let’s review:  without a warrant, the NSA has given a court order for Verizon to turn over the phone metadata – that is, all of the information about a phone call with none of its content – of millions of people.  And forbade anyone involved to say anything about it to anyone.

Under the banner of fighting terrorism, the records of millions of people – who cannot be considered to be suspects or even suspected of assisting terrorism – are being examined by the US government.  And as it’s suspected this is a regular event stretching back years – all the way to the passing of the PATRIOT Act.

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