The NSA is watching you
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In a crazy blockbuster scoop today, USA Today (of all places!) revealed that the scope of the NSA's citizen-spying is much, much worse than we'd thought -- and much, much more extensive than Bush confessed to back in December.
Apparently, the NSA now holds a "a complete listing of the calling histories of millions of customers" and one source claimed it was "the largest database ever assembled in the world." (Um... whoa.)
According to USA Today:
The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.
The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans -- most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.
Laura Barcella is AlterNet's associate editor.