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And this Fox News alert as well -- bombshell report this morning that the National Security Agency.
Has been secretly collecting the phone records of tens of millions of Americans a top secret court order.
Reportedly forcing Verizon one of the country's largest phone company is to hand over the daily call information for every single one of their customers.
With no suspicion necessary -- generally these kinds of searches have had a specific.
Terrorist group or organization that they're targeting this was extremely broad and that's why it's gotten so much attention Peter -- he joins me now live at the white house of Peter.
What what kind of data do we know what the feds are looking for it here.
Martha we know what they want to -- -- phone number you dial.
When you dial it and how long -- talk to the person.
On the other end of the line that goes for all Verizon customers in the United States and there are about 121.
Of them on an ongoing basis from April 20 fit.
Until July 19 in these details are coming from a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act -- a court order that was obtained by the guardian newspaper.
Here at the White House the senior administration official says on its face.
The order reprinted in the article does not allow the government to lifting game.
On anyone's telephone calls the information acquired does not include the contents of any communications or the name.
Of any subscriber the White House also says that's kind of information is a critical tool in protecting the United States from terrorists.
In an email this morning a Verizon official though declined to comment part yes a look at reactions -- this getting this morning in Washington.
It guarantees it's been mixed Martha there are some groups who think this is a massive invasion of privacy like the ACLU who said in a statement this morning.
From a civil liberties perspective the program could hardly be any more alarming it is beyond orwellian.
And it provides further evidence of the extent to which basic democratic rights are being surrendered in secret.
To the demands of unaccountable intelligence agencies but.
Just last hour Republican senator Lindsey Graham said he thinks this is okay.
I don't mind Verizon turning over records to the government if the government is gonna make sure that they try to match up.
A known -- -- Phone with with somebody in the United States I don't think you're talking -- terrorist I know you're not I'm not I know I'm not so that I mean to worry about.
And the Justice Department is saying this morning Martha -- at this point they have not yet begun an investigation.
Into how this top secret court order.
Ended up in the hands of the guardian newspaper in yet another significant question in all of this Peter thank you very much -- it.
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