NSA Collects Verizon Phone Records by FISA Court Order
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NSA Collects Verizon Phone Records by FISA Court Order

An order by a secret court requires Verizon to produce records of every communication on land line or cell phone. Is it an invasion of privacy? Is it something new or an extension of what started during the Bush years? Will the publication produce another leak investigation? Also, the latest on the espionage trial of PFC Bradley Manning

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FISA Court Allows Phone Records Collection ()

Today, a new controversy may pit national security against personal privacy. The Guardian newspaper has published the order of a secret, so-called FISA court. It requires Verizon to provide the National Security Agency with records of every cell phone or land line call in its system, both international and domestic. Content will not be monitored. California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, confirmed the report. Some say it's a massive invasion of privacy. The Administration and its allies call it "critical" for national security. Is it something new or an extension of what started during the Bush years?  Will the publication produce another leak investigation?

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The Trial of Bradley Manning for WikiLeaks Leaks ()

PFC Bradley Manning has pled guilty to releasing 700,000 classified documents, which WikiLeaks then published on the Internet — the largest intelligence breach in American history. At the time, Manning worked in what's called a "Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" at Forward Operating Base Hammer near Baghdad. He's now facing a court martial on espionage charges at Fort Mead, Maryland. Critics say he betrayed his country. His defenders are framing the case, in part, as a challenge to what they call excessive classification of information the public has a right to know. Is he a whistle-blower or a traitor who deserves life in prison?

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