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.AP:
"Our intelligence activities strictly target al-Qaida and their known affiliates," Bush said. "We're not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans."That begs an obvious question, posed by Senator Patrick Leahy:
"Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with Al Qaeda?"In the meantime, fuck AT&T and Verizon, who were more than willing to sell you out at the government's request, and props to to Qwest, who refused.
Among the big telecommunications companies, only Qwest has refused to help the NSA, the sources said. According to multiple sources, Qwest declined to participate because it was uneasy about the legal implications of handing over customer information to the government without warrants.