Secret court approves new US order for collecting Verizon phone records in surveillance sweep

  • Article by: LARA JAKES , AP National Security Writer
  • Updated: July 19, 2013 - 5:21 PM

WASHINGTON — A secret U.S. intelligence court renewed an order Friday to continue forcing Verizon Communications to turn over hundreds of millions of telephone records to the government each day in its search for foreign terror or espionage suspects.

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fromupnortJul. 19, 13 5:27 PM

I don't understand how a "democracy" can have secret budgets, secret courts, secret meetings, or secret anything. Can someone help me understand? Or is it a secret?

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petepelosiJul. 19, 13 6:26 PM

Its all part of the super duper transparent administration. Now stop questioning it or you may get audited.

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buskahJul. 19, 13 7:33 PM

I don't mind the existence of this court, only that they're secret. We should at least know who is playing such of a god-like roll in our lives!

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bosshogJul. 19, 13 7:40 PM

And now we find out about all of our license plates being recorded and where we went. At some point this is going to come to a head. It is way too easy for the government to simply label someone a "terrorist" and have them disappear without anyone being able to do anything about it.

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hawkeye56379Jul. 19, 13 7:41 PM

fromupnort: Every country, democratic or not, has to have secrets relating to its national security. There are those who will attack us if they can and we have to prevent that. Be glad that you live in a country where the government has to get the approval of a court like ours does, to make sure that it's actions are legal.

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mmediaJul. 19, 13 8:07 PM

Obama could do the right thing and end these, but then his political enemies would just cry that he is soft on terrorism. To all you who put "Liberate Iraq" signs in your yards, thanks for the double whammy - an unpaid for war and a shredded Constitution.

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bobby9Jul. 19, 13 8:46 PM

hawkeye56379, I wonder if you would mind if I came over, the stranger that I am, and set up a tape recorder and camera and monitor your daily activities, I am sure you would say no..so why would you allow some "person" in the secret government that privilege...this is what is going on today folks, and god help any us if we get on their radar by mistake...

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mmediaJul. 19, 13 8:51 PM

Obama could do the right thing and end these, but then his political enemies would just cry that he is soft on terrorism. To all you who put "Liberate Iraq" signs in your yards, thanks for the double whammy - an unpaid for war and a shredded Constitution.

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hawkeye56379Jul. 19, 1311:35 PM

Bobby9: You are misinformed. There is no recording associated with this. They get records of numbers called, not the substance of the conversations. But the point of my comment was that in this country, federal judges have to give their approval before this can be done, which serves as a check on the power of the executive branch. They have to do it in accordance with the law.

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hawkeye56379Jul. 19, 1311:44 PM

buskah: The names of the judges on the FISA court are not secret - you can find them with an internet search. The only thing that is secret is that their proceedings and decisions are not public because they involve classified information.

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