"In the digital era, privacy must be a priority. Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?" he [Al Gore] said in a post on Twitter.
When Al Gore starts criticizing something the administration is doing, it's really time to listen up. Yes, giving the NSA 'blanket access to the records of millions of Verizon customers' domestic and foreign calls' is obscenely outrageous.
According to a senior administration official, such information is "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States." The official added, "It allows counter terrorism personnel to discover whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged in terrorist activities, particularly people located inside the United States."
My questions are these: If the war on terror is over as the President has declared, why does the NSA need these records? And is it just Verizon customers? And why this particular time period?