Report: Gov’t scooping up Verizon phone records

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain’s Guardian newspaper says the National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a secret court order.

The newspaper said Wednesday the order was issued in April and was good until July 19. The newspaper said the order requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries.

The newspaper said the document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of U.S. citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk, regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.

The White House, NSA and Verizon all declined to comment.

The AP could not authenticate the classified documents.

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