Saturday, July 12, 2014
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He can hear you now: Obama administration is spying on your phone calls

The Guardian reveals a massive spying overreach under the Obama administration.

He can hear you now: Obama administration is spying on your phone calls

They're spying on Verizon -- and probably every other phone company:

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.

This is just more, very disturbing proof that not only has President Obama not kept his promises to roll back the civil liberties abuses of the Bush-Cheney year, but he has taken those expanded powers and run with him. It's crazy. Why does the government think it needs this information?

It doesn't.

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