Obama Administration Defends Massive Phone Record Collection -- Reuters
(Reuters) - The Obama administration on Thursday defended its collection of the telephone records of millions of Americans as part of U.S. counterterrorism efforts, re-igniting a fierce debate over privacy even as it called the program critical to warding off an attack.
The admission came after Britain's Guardian newspaper published on Wednesday a secret court order authorizing the collection of phone records generated by millions of Verizon Communications customers.
Privacy advocates blasted the order as unconstitutional government surveillance and called for a review of the program amid renewed concerns about intelligence-gathering efforts launched after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
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Obama administration defends phone record collection -- Reuters
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US Defends Secretly Collecting Phone Records -- Voice of America
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Sen. Jeff Flake: Other phone companies probably aid feds on snooping -- Washington Times
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Senate leaders say NSA data gathering is routine -- USA Today
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