Did The NSA Break The Law?
I care more about potential law breaking than I do about privacy. I place a high value on law and order, and little value on privacy. Given that, if such actions provide a level of safety against terrorist, I’m all for it.
Washington, D.C. – The allegations that the federal government has been secretly tracking the calls of millions of Americans, aided by three major telephone companies, will doubtless inflame privacy advocates and Democrats. But whether AT&T, Verizon Communications and BellSouth broke the law by handing over reams of call data to the National Security Agency is unclear.
USA Today reported Wednesday that the three telcos had handed over phone records for tens of millions of Americans to the NSA, which then used the records to search for patterns it thought would help it suss out terrorist activity. The paper said the NSA wasn’t wiretapping the calls and listening to the content, but was compiling extensive lists of who called whom, and when they called them.