The National Security Agency (NSA) is reportedly collecting the telephone records of Verizon customers in the U.S. (video below).
Verizon is under an U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order, which gives the U.S. government “unlimited authority to obtain the data” from the telecommunications giant on an “ongoing, daily basis" up until July 19.
The invasive court order was signed by Judge Roger Vinson at the request of the FBI, reports Reuters.
According to The Guardian, the court order includes the originating and identifying phone numbers, location and routing data, call durations and calling card numbers.
There has not been a statement about the court order from the NSA, Justice Department, White House or Verizon.
Mediaite.com reports that Piers Morgan broke the news on CNN during an interview with former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who often complains about big government.
However, Gingrich said he supports this federal government action if it prevents terrorism.