Barack Obama’s Orwellian surveillance state – which has already featured abuse of the IRS to suppress his political opponents, confidential tax data on conservatives handed over to left-wing political organizations, and treating reporters like enemy espionage agents – shifts into overdrive with this morning’s blockbuster UK Guardian report that a secret court order was used to obtain the phone records of every Verizon customer in America.
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.
So it’s enough data to track your movements and monitor who you’ve been talking to, but not the full content of your conversations. It will be interesting to see if any of this data is “accidentally” leaked to left-wing groups just in time for the 2014 election, the way confidential IRS data for conservatives found its way into the hands of liberals, or the personal information on farmers collected by the Environmental Protection Agency was handed over to environmentalists.
Read More at Human Events . By John Hayward.