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.
Ah, another example of how people in the intelligence community hate this administration so much that they will do anything to bring it down. And USA Today helps, by misrepresenting the program (and that is assuming that the version they describe is even accurate) and using emotionally charged words to describe it:
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.
Reaching into homes? Uh...not really. "It's the largest database ever assembled in the world," said one person, who, like the others who agreed to talk about the NSA's activities, declined to be identified by name or affiliation. The agency's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the nation's borders, this person added. Uh, that's not reaching into homes. But the editors of USA Today apparently don't care about the truth.
Now the moonbats are going to start claiming that the NSA is monitoring all of our phone conversations. According to the report, however, all that is being done is that a database is being created listing the phone number making a call, the number called, and the duration of the call. The content of the calls is not being monitored...but that little detail will be glossed over the the months to come.
Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, nominated Monday by President Bush to become the director of the CIA, headed the NSA from March 1999 to April 2005. In that post, Hayden would have overseen the agency's domestic call-tracking program. Hayden declined to comment about the program.
Ah. Now maybe we know the reason for this leak...the traitors in the intelligence community don't want General Hayden to take over at the CIA.
Sources, however, say that is not the case. With access to records of billions of domestic calls, the NSA has gained a secret window into the communications habits of millions of Americans. Customers' names, street addresses and other personal information are not being handed over as part of NSA's domestic program, the sources said. But the phone numbers the NSA collects can easily be cross-checked with other databases to obtain that information.
Ohhhh...so scary!The usefulness of the NSA's domestic phone-call database as a counterterrorism tool is unclear. Also unclear is whether the database has been used for other purposes.
Well, maybe it is unclear to the moronic traitors at USA Today.
Le'ts remember, the initial report is probably inaccurate. The traitors who leaked this information to the press want to discredit the Administration and likely framed the information in as negative a light as possible. Remember Joe Wilson and his lies.