NSA Searched Phone Records of Less Than 300 People
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

be newsIf you’ve been paying attention, you know a little bit about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs that track the phone records of American citizens.

Perhaps to quell public concerns over privacy, U.S. officials revealed that fewer than 300 people had their phone records searched in 2012, the Washington Post reports.

This particular database dates back to 2006 and is authorized under the Bush-era, post-9-11 Patriot Act. It contains tens of millions of Americans’ phone records.

The government can obtain an order from a special surveillance court to get all call detail records on a daily basis as long as they are relevant to a foreign terrorist investigation, the Post reports.

Does knowing that make you feel any better?

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Aaron Morrison

Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.

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