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-- Fox News alert on brand new revelations about the government's widespread surveillance.
Of millions and millions of Americans and the identity.
Of the man who leaked that story.
Hello everyone glad you -- this welcome to a brand new hour inside America's News HQ.
I'm Patti -- brown in for -- Childers the British newspaper the guardian.
Which first broke this story is now revealing its source the paper says a 29 year old and SA contractors spill the secrets national.
Correspondent Steve Centanni is live in Washington with the very latest and Steve what can -- tell us about the person who leaked this information to the media.
Well he is an American named Edward Snowden who used to work for the CIA.
The guardian of London released this video of its interview with -- conducted by journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura portraits.
-- is now employed by a defense contractor.
Working at the office of the National Security Agency in Hawaii where he lived.
He recently though flew to Hong Kong where he remains at this time and where he gave permission for his name to be released.
Greenwald suggested today that Snowden is performing a vital public service.
But some disagree curable sides.
There's no national security harm from letting people know that they're collecting -- phone records that they're tapping into the Internet that they're planning massive cyber attacks ball for an and and even domestic these are things that the American people have a right to know Greenwald says that he's got -- all and now is an expert on the program.
He doesn't have a clue how this thing works neither did the person who released just enough information to literally be dangerous.
And that person -- Snowden told the guardian Americans have a right to know what's being done in their name Greg.
Steve -- changes being suggested now -- how the government gathers information.
Right senator Rand Paul -- condemns the government surveillance and today he proposed this unique way forward listen.
I'm gonna be asking all the Internet providers and all of -- phone companies.
Ask your conduct your customers to join me in a class action lawsuit if we hit ten million Americans saying we don't want our phone records looked -- And then maybe somebody a wake up and say things will change in Washington.
Meantime the NSA is asking the Justice Department to consider possible criminal charges against -- Greg -- you know anybody is an AT&T.
Customer rising costs -- Google.
You name it.
I suppose they would have legal standing to file a class action lawsuit so hope we can see what happens here this could be.
A big as long legal battle are absolutely Steve Centanni thanks very much.
Well -- snooping scandal is just the very latest in our government's long history of controversial spy programs in 1978.
You never call -- congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act known as fights out.
Creating any secret court to sign off on wiretapping in search warrants flash forward to 20011.
After the 9/11 terror attacks lawmakers -- the Patriot Act into law.
Giving the government unprecedented authority to track suspected terrorist.
That in late 2005 the New York Times reveals that under the orders of President Bush the NSA.
Has been using warrantless.
Wiretapping for years.
Six months later USA today and covers at the NSA's secretly collecting phone records of millions of Americans and storing them in a giant database.
Congress approves changes to the -- acting amended allowing the NSA to eavesdrop.
On certain conversations without approval from the secret court.
And then in 2011 President Obama signs a four year extension of the Patriot Act revisions on record searches and roving wiretaps which.
Of course brings us to last week and a bombshell reports from the British newspaper the guardian that NSA is collecting all kinds of data.
On millions and millions of Americans later in the program we're going to be talking more about this with.
Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Julie -- Judy Miller she joins us to talk about.
What this means for our security and safety and the possibility.
That terrorists could actually be slipping through the cracks.
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