Time Magazine did a good job of breaking down what you should know about the NSA collecting phone records. They give you seven quick and understandable facts about the recent cellphone data mining, and even provides you with information that you may not have known.
For example, the order forbids informing anyone that their data is being collected. Also, the US has done this before with AT&T and Bell South as security measures after the September 11 terrorist attacks. In fact, other carriers may be subject to this database. For years, service providers have been giving law enforcement agencies subscriber information on request.
I understand that this is for national security, but why is everything about this issue so secret? Something doesn’t seem right. While Verizon is required to provide “the ingoing and outgoing phone numbers, unique identifiers for individual phones, the time of the call and its duration,” they do not have to provide names, addresses or contact information. Then again, if you were in the FBI or NSA, you probably wouldn’t have a hard time finding that information.
The article mentions that Glenn Greenwald has accused Obama for infringing on civil liberties, and come to think of it, there have been many debates on the subject of violating rights throughout Obama’s presidency. Conspiracy theories are far-fetched and exaggerated, but this situation almost sounds like the government is doing something it’s not supposed to be doing.
So, the next time you pick up that phone to make a call, keep in mind that that call could end up in the NSA database.