- Verizon Forced To Turn Over Phone Records
- June 11, 2013
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
On Wednesday night, the British newspaper The Guardian broke the story that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of American customers of the telecom company Verizon.
The Guardian obtained a copy of an order granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that shows that, “for the first time under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of U.S. citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk - regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.”
Civil libertarians on both sides of the ideological spectrum reacted strongly to the story. Leaders from Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to former Democratic Vice President Al Gore criticized the Obama administration’s program.
However, a bipartisan chorus of voices, such as Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), defended the administration’s program.