You know the story.
The government is grabbing all your phone records. In a previously secret order obtained by Obama:
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19.
Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.
This presents a dilemma for Obamaphiles.
You will hear the excuse that Bush did it. From people who hated Bush for doing it, but still love Obama.
This is shocking. Obama collecting our phone calls on a massive, indiscriminate scale. http://t.co/8V3Aickcfz
— Andrew Rosenthal (@andyrNYT) June 6, 2013
In digital era, privacy must be a priority. Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous? http://t.co/KONSBtTWjc
— Al Gore (@algore) June 6, 2013
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) June 6, 2013
Call it Battered Obama Supporter Syndrome – The Phone Records Grabber Episode:
Abortion crowd MT @moelane: Is there a single group in the coalition that elected Obama that HASN'T been forced to eat sh*t by now?
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 6, 2013
(video via Hot Air)
Update 6-6-2013 – Michelle Malkin, History lesson: The crucial differences between Bush and Obama’s NSA phone surveillance programs.