By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about this supposed scandal of the National Security Agency receiving telephone records from the big three telephone companies since 9/11. Best of the Web Today says that there’s less there than meets the eye. For one thing, the The New York Times first reported on this last Christmas Eve.
But let’s get straight what is actually happening. The telephone companies were turning over phone records, i.e. lists of telephone numbers called, while withholding names, addresses, and customer data. Of course, there’s nothing nefarious about that in itself. Phone companies mine that data for marketing purposes already. In fact, according to “Best of the Web Today,” the Supreme Court ruled in 1979 that law enforcement agencies don’t even need a warrant to get that information.
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