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But we begin with -- chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge on your phone your government and you.
Good evening Catherine -- thank you Chris.
Today -- -- still waiting for a response from the National Security Agency on the depth and -- of the collection program.
And whether the leaked classified court order is an indicator that the program has expanded under President Obama.
The court order first detained by a British newspaper indicates the FBI in the National Security Agency were greeted sweeping authority to collect records from Verizon between April 25 -- July 19 of this year.
During a previously scheduled hearing attorney general Eric Holder insisted congress was not in the dark about the program and he can't -- much publicly because it's so highly classified.
Will respect senator I don't think this is an appropriate setting for a meet to discuss.
That is while not addressing the leaked documents Verizon told employees -- the company quote -- -- -- such an order we would be required to comply.
-- neither sprint nor AT&T would comment the ACLU said the court order -- likely affects all major carriers.
There's every reason to believe that the government has similar orders for other telephone companies.
And perhaps even more troubling -- that it has simpler orders for Internet companies.
The Senate Intelligence Committee leadership confirm the court order was apparently -- reauthorize station for a long standing program.
This is simply -- renewed every three months they must go into court and this is that you know this is not mean it's physically he's.
This has been going home for seven years.
What we don't know is whether -- still classified program was recently expanded their democratic senators in the ACLU have complained the evidence suggests it's likely.
Kirk we beat you worked -- classified data collection programs that the NSA believes recordings are also stored that I would want the content.
And it's my.
-- here to collected -- just stored somewhere and have it available even for six months old four year old or two years old or however many.
To be able to have that -- that -- look at to confirm my suspicions.
As part of -- ten month investigation former NSA employees told fox of the foundation for wide scale collection of course was set in place after nine elevenths -- Program was the means by which NSA.
Rapidly began to turn the United States of America and -- equivalent of a foreign nation for the purpose of electronic surveillance states it really it.
A turn key situation where can be turned quickly and become a totalitarian state pretty quickly.
Kate capacities to do that is being set up.
The -- -- High Court order seems to conflict with public statements by the intelligence community does the NSA collecting any type of data at all.
On millions or hundreds of millions of American.
-- -- It does not.
There are cases where they could in inadvertently.
Collect but not not winning when we don't.
Hold data on US citizens let me go back to the mission did NSA does.
With a focus on counterterrorism.
Our mission is protect this country from things like 9/11.
The nation's intelligence chief James clapper told the National Journal today he stands by those comments from march quote.
What I said was the NSA does not -- -- simply -- through US citizens emails.
I stand by that clapper did not indicate at the time.
He was referring to emails also today the ranking Republican on the intelligence committee.
Saxby Chambliss said it's only when a phone number is deemed suspicious.
The government goes back to the national security court and ask for permission to further scrutinize an individual crest.
Catherine thank you.
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