The Government Is Keeping Tabs On Your Phone Calls

By: Cynthia Washington Email
By: Cynthia Washington Email

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When you think of the phrase, "can you hear me now" you probably think of the Verizon commercial.

The government may not be able to hear you but they do know who you are talking to if your wireless plan is with Verizon.

The U.S. National Security Agency is collecting telephone records of millions of Verizon customers under a secret court order issued in April.

"Well I don't feel too comfortable about them having information," said local resident Michael Grider.

The National Security Agency or NSA will have access the phone numbers of both sides of a call along with location information, call duration and the time of the call. So people don't like the idea at all.

"I think it wrong for them to confiscate all these records, if that is true," said local resident Don Bennett.

"The government has given access to people for a lot of different things, my phone records, I do not like that at all. I've been a Verizon wireless customer for 11 years," said local resident Rose Rambo.

But some local residents feel like if it is for the greater good of the country, then its okay.

"I think that it is a good thing that is going on and i understand that people want to have their privacy but there is a reason why and its to save lives and that's how i feel about it you know we had so many bad things happening recently," said Albert Cody Jr.

"If it's for terrorism that would be fine," local resident Linda Stoddard.

"If they are using it for terrorism that's one thing but i suspect there is more to it than that," said local resident Ruth Amington.

But the overall consensus about this court order is...

"I'm against it," said Armington.

"Terrible I think it is awful, said Stoddard.

"No no no not personal," said Grider.

And even though some people think it's too personal, according to the government it doesn't have access to the content of the phone conversation.

U.S. government has unlimited access to the call logs until July 19.

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