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NSA Has Database of All US Phone Calls: Report

By May 11, 2006

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From Alexander Graham Bellís, "Mr. Watson--come here--I want to see you," to that pizza order you just called in, the NSA is trying to assemble a database of every phone call ever made inside the United States, according to a USA Today report.

Citing people whose names are a secret, the newspaper claims the National Security Agency, whose business is secrecy, has been secretly amassing ďthe phone call records of tens of millions of Americans,Ē with the contracted assistance of telecom giants AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth. The purpose of the mission is, of course, to fight terror. No secret there.

The newspaperís sources claim the NSA and the three telephone companies began collecting the call data shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, in an effort to identify calling patterns related to terrorist activity.

While the actual conversations are not being recorded, the phone numbers being collected could easily be traced to personal information about the callers, states the report.

Also See:
President Promises More Secret Wiretaps
Bush Defends Eavesdropping
Number of Authorized Wiretaps Growing


May 12, 2006 at 11:49 am
(1) Terri says:

Thanks to President Bush, bin Laden’s goal is coming true.

America as we knew it is changing. We are losing our privacy, our economy is worse, and our freedom to “move about the country” is gone.

Bush is giving the americans nothing but false security, while he is lining his pockets with the almighty green stuff. He can’t even stop the violence in his own country, but thinks he can stop it in other countries. Only God has the plan, and I pray it goes into effect soon for all our sakes.

The only thing that will stay the same, Osama, (in case you are seeing this), is that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer!

Thank you for letting me vent.


May 12, 2006 at 3:10 pm
(2) Eric says:

I wouldn’t blame just Bush. The Congress is every bit as culpable if it doesn’t do something to stop this.

December 19, 2007 at 6:52 pm
(3) bt says:

You may want to update that info, the warrentless wiretapping has been found to predate 9/11 and the anti-terror efforts of the NSA afterwards.


December 24, 2007 at 10:50 pm
(4) gary Schneider says:

Seems like the US is getting more like NAZI Germany every day.
Also I notice the Military is using “Just following orders whichdidn’t work at the Nurenburg Trails.”
Will be interesting where all this survillence,wire taps,etc lead to.

July 31, 2010 at 12:39 pm
(5) PcDokta says:

RIDICULOUS. Tel directories would provide more info than just a tel # record. Seems like the typical media hype to increase circulation rather than a valid news event! The headline leads one to think the calls are recorded, not just the tel #’s! As a former (33+ yrs) Tel Co’s (5) & IT manager, I can assure you NO ONE has all the tel numbers ever called within their own company! Why would the Tel Co’s want to absorb the prohibitive costs to do so; how would it have benefitted them to do so? Just maintaining the databases needed alone wouldn’t justify the costs involved in their competitive industry. To convert the pre-computer (up to 1970′s) records to digital would be immense.

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