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Government is keeping track of every phone call we make.
And developing tonight word there also secretly grabbing data from Internet companies your web history your emails your pictures.
We don't even know what else.
This is brand new information said to be highly classified and never revealed until now.
It even has a government code name prism.
More on that in detail in just a moment first the phone call monitoring.
Lawmakers say the feds have been doing it for years but most of us learned about it today from the British newspaper the guardian.
It published a court order labeled top secret.
And in that order is a requirement for Verizon.
To hand over records for every phone call in the United States all of them.
Information including phone numbers lengths of calls where you work and -- you make them.
But no names no addresses no actual content of the -- they tell -- that means they're not allowed to record what you -- Supporters say this keeps a safe.
Within the last few years this program was used.
To stop a program -- excuse me stop a terrorist attack in the United States we know that.
Critics say this is an enormous invasion of privacy.
And Fox News senior judicial analyst judge entered a -- analysts said earlier today.
This is a fishing expedition.
On the grandest scale we've ever seen in American history.
This is just a short cut to make it easier for America's spies to spying on Americans -- They spied on the west wing.
They spied on the Pentagon they -- on the Supreme Court they -- on the CIA this is spies spying on spies.
This is the most at extraordinarily.
Broad search warrant ever issued in the history of the federal courts of the United States.
That we know of and remember the document to the guardian found only mentions Verizon.
The paper did not uncover any court orders for any other carriers did -- cover up but that does not mean they do not exist.
Let's begin team fox coverage now Ed Henry is traveling with the president first let's get to Catherine Herridge is our chief intelligence correspondent live in Washington.
Where's the attorney general on this -- Was -- during a previously scheduled hearing attorney general Eric Holder insisted congress was never in the dark about the program.
Adding he can't say much publicly because it's so highly classified.
We'll -- respect senator I don't think this is an appropriate setting for me to discuss that -- I'd be more than glad to come back.
In a in an appropriate setting to discuss.
The issues that that you have race.
While not addressing -- leaked documents Verizon told employees in the company were to receive such an order we would be required to comply.
Well neither sprint nor AT&T would comment the ACLU said the court order like the effects.
All of the 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 similar orders for Internet companies.
-- the Washington Post was first to report and a program called prison.
Prism and we have now confirmed that beginning in 2007 the NSA and FBI directly tapped into major Internet companies.
Playing audio video emails and other documents that can map a person's universe of contacts -- While incredible and -- all this is brand new to us even the phone call part lawmakers this say has been going on a long time.
Well -- for the Senate Intelligence Committee leadership Democrat Dianne Feinstein a Republican Saxby Chambliss.
Confirmed to reporters the court order was apparently -- reauthorize -- for seven year old program.
But what we don't know is whether -- still classified program was recently expanded.
-- democratic senators in the ACLU complain the evidence suggest that's likely former NSA employee who worked on classified data collection programs at that.
Agency police phone call recordings were also sort.
It's much easier to collected -- -- stored somewhere and have it available even for six months old or year old or two years -- or however many.
To be able to have that data to look at to confirm my suspicions.
And -- -- 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.
No -- It does not.
There are cases where they could in inadvertently.
Collect but not not winning -- And tonight in an interview than -- National Journal clapper stood by those march comments.
Saying he did not intend to mislead anyone assisting the intelligence community does not randomly shift.
Through the email of American citizens though I -- the senator asked specifically.
About the data in general not just email traffic Chapman -- did Katherine Harris thanks in the White House.
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