Report: Secret court order forces Verizon to turn over telephone records of millions
June 6th, 2013
03:45 AM ET

Report: Secret court order forces Verizon to turn over telephone records of millions

By Chelsea J. Carter

(CNN) – The U.S. government has obtained a top secret court order that requires Verizon to turn over the telephone records of millions of Americans to the National Security Agency on an "ongoing daily basis," the UK-based Guardian newspaper reportedWednesday.

The four-page order, which The Guardian published on its website, requires the communications giant to turn over "originating and terminating" telephone numbers as well as the location, time and duration of the calls. The order, published on the newspaper's website, does not require the contents of conversations to be turned over.

CNN has so far been unable to independently verify the authenticity of the document.

If genuine, the order gives the NSA blanket access to the records of millions of Verizon customers' domestic and foreign phone calls made between April 25, when the order was signed, and July 19, when it expires.

Verizon spokesman Edward McFadden declined to comment on the report.

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  1. RQ

    1984 here we come.

    June 8, 2013 at 11:02 am | Reply
  2. RQ

    I'm not just paranoid, they are watching me.

    June 8, 2013 at 11:01 am | Reply
  3. Lisa12345

    My understanding is that the Patriot Act allows records to be seized if there is suspected terrorist activity and it does not allow for broadly seizing records of Americans. This looks like a major violation of America rights. I have liked a lot of what President Obama had been doing, but this seems really, really wrong!

    IMPEACH OBAMA! IMPEACH OBAMA!!!

    June 8, 2013 at 6:47 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Thank you, Lisa12345. I couldn't agree more!

      June 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  4. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    IRS / HHS / OBAMA CARE

    So...
    You need this operation to save your life ???

    You do know that this is an EXPENSIVE OPERATION don't you ???
    You do know that you are..... Um... Ahhh... Kinda OLD don't you???

    Well let's see............. IF........... you MIGHT qualify ???

    Oh...!!! WE..... DO... Have a file on you.

    Do you own a Bible ?
    Do you own an American flag ?
    Do you own ANY guns ?

    Have you EVER had ANY thoughts of LIMITED GOVERNMENT ?
    Have you EVER said ANYTHING bad about PUBLIC UNIONS ?
    Have you EVER thought that you have been taxed too much ?

    Are you opposed to TAX PAYER funded; abortion on demand ?
    Have you been discharged; with honor; from military service ?
    Have you EVER listened to conservative talk radio ?

    WHAT ??? ??? ??? !!! !!! !!!
    OMG..................................

    You do ?
    You have ?

    APPLICATION DECLINED

    June 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  5. massoud

    Why do moderators at CNN block replies that mention the bill of rights in particular the fourth and fifth amendment that i have tried to post ?

    June 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  6. Johnp40

    Be warned people: Obama is a Stalinist. He has not intention of steping down when his term expires in 2016.

    June 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Wrong, Johnp40. Obama is much more of a Hitlerist than a Stalinist! He feels the same way about Muslims as Hitler felt about the Jews as evidenced by his use of those ungodly drones overseas in slaughtering them like pigs in a pen!

      June 7, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  7. Mary

    One more step to Obama declaring a military state to stay in the white house past 2016. I think that we could use some history lessons here!

    June 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Well said, Mary. This country is indeed becoming less and less democratic as time goes on. Today, even Russia is more democratic than we are as we slowly let the M.I.C.(military-industrial-complex) take over in Washington with Obama as it's stooge!

      June 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  8. lottie

    make up your minds . Do you want to have more security or not. If your an innocent American nothing happens. They aren,t looking at your name only for patterns of phone usage to terrorist or terrorist organizations. You would be whinning if they wherent checking and something happened. Get over it

    June 7, 2013 at 11:10 am | Reply
  9. Hahahahahahahah

    Just wait until you hear about the "Double Secret Court Order!" Hahahaahahahahaha

    June 7, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
  10. Powder

    YOU HAVE TO BE KEPT SAFE FOLKS!!! We should be breathing down the necks of terrorists not security intelligence meant to keep us safe. Didn't their actions lead to the introduction of those humiliating strip and searches at airports, body scans that strip us naked,..etc. There are People out there who want to mass murder others and unfortunately are in cahorts with some traitors inside the USA. US citizens. IF PEOPLE WERE SAYING "GOVERNMENT SHOULD ENSURE THAT THOSE WITH ACCESS TO OUR SECRETS AND PRIVACY SHOULD BE MATURE, TRUSTWORTHY INDIVIDUALS WITH INTERGRITY", I would agree. Unless you say you will never ever blame government if struck by terrorists!

    June 7, 2013 at 9:55 am | Reply
    • Joe M.

      That's kind of dumb to trust the people who run this government, Powder. How do you know that 9/11 wasn't an inside job? One thing is known and that 9/11 was a boon the the Bush Administration. It managed to scare the public to the point of getting the Patriot Act passed hands down in Congress and provided the perfect excuse for the obscene invasion of Afghanistan the following month!

      June 7, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
  11. Mike Lake Orion Michigan

    James Clapper lied 3 months ago to Congress about this!

    June 7, 2013 at 9:55 am | Reply
  12. Phaerisee

    We can go back and forth about whose fault it is and play the political blame game. Or we can join together as Democrats and Republicans to make sure our rights are not taken away in the name of safety and security as Ben Franklin wanned about.

    June 7, 2013 at 7:00 am | Reply
  13. maxine howard

    What is this secret court? Did this come in at the time of the Patriot Act? Why would it need to be secret?

    June 7, 2013 at 12:19 am | Reply
  14. massoud

    Millions of innocent Americans had their phone records seized, it is an outrageous over reach by the Obama Administration we lie in a Republic not a Dictatorship.

    June 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  15. media.fail2012

    To the liberals that peruse this site, you cried out in bloody murder (including CNN journalists) when Bush used the Patriot Act to get the phone records of those people calling terrorist countries overseas. Yet this story barely was on the home page for half a day, and it involves the taking of phone records from the WHOLE COUNTRY.

    I guess if Obama violates everyone's rights it's ok...

    June 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  16. George Patton-2

    Government needs to get little smarter, why request "millions of telephone records", just ask records of specific countries or people of interest........learn from NY police and save taxpayers money.

    June 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • Killer O'Bama

      Thank you, Phunnie boy, for your support. We need to find out who my antiwar, Muslim loving opponents are and this is one way of doing it! Enough of this humanitarianism already!!!!!!!

      June 7, 2013 at 5:40 am | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        my friend, you like it or not they have brought the disaster upon themselves.

        June 7, 2013 at 10:37 am |
  17. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    June 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • gemini

      America also liberated almost 50 million people from the last 70 years....I think you neglected to mention that!

      June 7, 2013 at 4:25 am | Reply
  18. Navyvet8192

    Just another layer of disgust to add to the many layers I now have for this joke of a government and country.

    June 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • Quigley

      Well posted, Navyvet8192.

      June 6, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  19. Mike

    1984 can now be stocked in the non-fiction section. President Obama and the entire Senate Intelligence Committee should resign immediately!

    June 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  20. keltic1

    "We will not monitor citizens, violate civil liberties in the name of national security." Barack Obama

    June 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  21. Dondi Cook

    Think timeframes, Then factor in media leaks, Corolate liberaly: Est., Cost $ 1.3 mil.. Discovering all leaks originare from the Presidents CANADIAN manufactured Blackberri Phone, PRICEESS!!!

    June 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  22. LewTroniX

    Does this include SKYPE and Google Voice calls made from computers connected to the Verizon FIOS network!!

    June 6, 2013 at 10:47 am | Reply
    • Andrew

      I dont think so if your scared about something use a proxy.

      June 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  23. Drew

    Another citizen with no issue with this data mining, as long as its use is being closely monitored. You pull data on this large a scale to look for trends and such, not just to look at one person or group. A wealth of valuable information can be gleaned from this much data by people with the right knowledge and powerful enough computers (the NSA fits this description.) Hopefully they are being careful who has access to the data, because I am certain it COULD be used for persons with nefarious purposes. You could even use it to check up on your spouse.

    June 6, 2013 at 10:02 am | Reply
  24. Christina Ruiz

    I have no probmlem with this either. If you aren't doing anything wrong why do you care? We want the government to keep us safe. Don't you? So if you disgree with the rules that keep this country safe, move to anyother country, or use your right as an american and VOTE!!!!

    June 6, 2013 at 8:42 am | Reply
    • Carpe Diem

      Christina – You may not have any self-respect but most of us do. What I do or who I speak to on my PRIVATE phone is MY business!

      "We will not monitor citizens or violate civil liberties in the name of National Security..............What a LIAR!
      First he signs NDAA giving himself Absolute Power over Americans
      IRS
      AP
      Now this....? Well if you're stupid enough to accept it – more fool you!

      June 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  25. MS518

    There is no reason to pull EVERY record. This is why I think I need to move to Europe.

    June 6, 2013 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • AllAboutTruth

      I am with You, 1 more year and out of this country... "COUNTRY OF THE FREEDOM" ?!!?!
      SAY WHAT???? THIS IS FREEDOM, OR BEING WATCHED/OBSERVED EVERY LITTLE MOVE, EVEN WHEN YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR WIFE THEY KNOW.... FREEDOM MY BUTT

      June 6, 2013 at 10:51 am | Reply
  26. Mike

    Read 1984 and weep. It's no longer fiction.

    The goal of this is to protect the Government, not you. What if you discover more shocking things and want to speak out? Be careful what you say, because the NSA has a record of it.

    This is another step closer to a police state, of which we are already stepping onto.

    June 6, 2013 at 7:28 am | Reply
  27. USMC1371

    I do.... without a reason to look for the calls from a single individual they don't need the info on millions of people.

    June 6, 2013 at 5:32 am | Reply
  28. Jomama

    I have no problem with this.

    June 6, 2013 at 5:06 am | Reply
    • massoud

      Most bootlickers would not.

      June 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • massoud

      If it were Bush I bet You would be up in arms, but since it is Your Messiah you do not care just a typical sheep you are jomama

      June 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
      • Tricia McMillan

        ... and I guess if it were Bush, what would bother you is the lack of patriotism displayed by the liberal who are upset about his effort to keep our country safe.

        June 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
      • massoud

        Swing and a miss Tricia I vote Libertarian I never voted for GWB, I just like pointing out the hypocrisy of the Left and the Right. and the double standards the Left has for Obama is laughable You must admit.

        June 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
      • Jomama

        Why on earth would I have a problem with phone records? Go figure.

        June 6, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
      • massoud

        Millions of innocent Americans had their phone records seized, we live in a Republic last time I checked

        June 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
      • Jomama

        If it can stop an attack such as Boston Im okay with that. If it can save one innocent Child it has worked. Im not a republican or a democrat, can care less about party lines. I have nothing to hide so it doesn't bother me in the least.

        June 7, 2013 at 4:57 am |
      • Jomama

        If you look that Boston incident, It had the opposite reaction to terror. It made a community stand up together as citizens.

        June 7, 2013 at 6:00 am |

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