“One nation, under surveillance”: US tracking tens of millions of Americans’ phone calls

One Nation, Under Surveillance: U.S. Government Now Monitoring Your Phone Calls
By Pam Martens: June 6, 2013

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund Has Created a Public Web Site to Address the Sprawling Surveillance of Americans: BigBrotherAmerica.org

Last evening, The Guardian newspaper published a document classified by the U.S. government as Top Secret, revealing that the Obama administration is engaged in a domestic surveillance program involving the phone records of tens of millions of Americans.

The Guardian article is written by Glenn Greenwald, formerly a columnist for Salon and author of the 2011 book With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful. The publisher describes the book as a no-holds-barred indictment of a two-tiered system of justice that “ensures that the country’s political and financial class is virtually immune from prosecution, licensed to act without restraint, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in greater numbers than in any other country in the world…[Greenwald] shows how the media, both political parties, and the courts have abetted a process that has produced torture, war crimes, domestic spying, and financial fraud.”

This morning, the New York Times is characterizing the surveillance program as “collecting business communications records.” The Times appears to base that assumption on the fact that the company that has been secretly releasing the phone records is Verizon Business Network Services. But according to BusinessWeek, that division of Verizon “serves residential customers, businesses, and communications wholesalers, as well as federal, state, and local government entities.” Ironically, it also provides security products to its customers.

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