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And this is -- Fox's alert the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Obama administration in an effort to prevent the federal government.
From spying on law abiding Americans now the lawsuit filed by the HL -- late this afternoon.
Focuses on an NSA program that requires companies like Verizon to hand over personal phone records of more than 100 million US citizens.
Now as we've reported this includes the numbers that we're dialed the duration of the calls and much more.
Now according to the ACLU this unprecedented spy operation is akin to snatching.
Every American's address book and that quote it gives the government a comprehensive record a bar associations and public movements revealing a wealth of -- -- about.
Amelio and political professional religious and intimate associations.
At the complaint demands that the program be stopped and that all -- records be destroyed.
Now at this hour the Justice Department has refused to comment on the matter however there is already speculation.
That this could in fact end up being decided by the United States Supreme Court.
But in addition to this being an important legal development while the political fallout from the story is also being felt tonight in Washington DC.
-- particularly by president Barack Obama because.
Even before his left -- started caving on him he was already struggling to defend his administration's actions but then again.
That's what happens when you say one thing as a candidate and another when you assume the responsibility.
As commander in chief.
And to prove that point tonight in -- Hannity explosive.
Candidate Obama is here to debate President Obama on the subjects of surveillance and civil liberties.
We want to get your recorder going here.
-- if someone wants to know why their own government has decided to go.
On -- fishing expedition through every personal record or private document through the library books that you read.
The call phone -- You've made nobody is listening to your tell -- what.
The intelligence community is doing.
It is looking that.
And durations of colts.
There are Republican senators as well as democratic senators that recognize that -- plain wrong every member of congress.
Has been briefed on this program.
These are programs that have been authorized.
By broad bipartisan majorities.
Repeatedly since 2006.
-- present one of the first things -- do is call in my attorney general.
And -- to hammer I want you to review every executive order the admonition by George Bush it's interesting that there's some.
Folks on the left but also some folks on the right who -- now.
Worried about who worked very.
Worried about him.
When I was a Republican president that's more common defense.
We reject as false if the choice between our safety and our ideals you can't have.
A 100% security.
And also then have a 100%.
We need to find a way forward to make sure that we can stop terrorists while protecting privacy.
And liberty of innocent Americans you can complain about Big Brother but when you actually look at the details.
Then I think we've struck the right balance.
Thank you very much does.
-- let's take a step back and talk about why this story is important to you number one the national security and illegal -- political ramifications.
Of the story cannot be overstated this will in fact impact your life.
We still don't know what exactly big Brothers monitoring were simply being told just take the president at his word.
But as you just saw that's simply not good enough number three as senator Rand Paul wrote in the Wall Street Journal today.
The US constitution is non negotiable and far rights are being violated somebody -- got to be held accountable for me.
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