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Who You Gonna Call?

That’s what the government wants to know.  News broke overnight that the National Security Agency (NSA) has a warrant to get information on every call made over the Verizon network.  There has been no word yet as to whether or not other carriers are under a similar order. According to a report in the Washington Post, “The order appears to require a Verizon subsidiary to provide the NSA with daily information on all telephone calls by its customers within the United States and from foreign locations into the United States.”  Seems pretty outrageous, right?  But the order is signed by a judge overseeing domestic intelligence surveillance.  The Obama administration maintains that this is required to help fight terrorism.  The ACLU maintains that the practice of collecting these records is “beyond Orwellian.”  What is at play here is the inherent tension between the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Fourth Amendment. Read the rest of this entry