In 2016, the National Security Agency gathered 151 million call records even though Congress made rules to reduce the federal government’s sweeping surveillance of Americans’ phone records.
The American Civil Liberties Union released documents on Wednesday it says shows the NSA"unlawful" collected call detail records, or CDRs, of Americans in October 2018.
"These documents further confirm that this surveillance program is beyond redemption and a privacy and civil liberties disaster," Patrick Toomey, staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project, said in a letter Wednesday.
"The NSA’s collection of Americans’ call records is too sweeping, the compliance problems too many, and evidence of the program’s value all but nonexistent.
In March, Luke Murray, the national security advisor for House minority leader Kevin McCarty (R-Calif. ), said the agency hadn’t used the system to collect CDRs for the previous six months.
This comes months after the agency deleted millions of call records.https://t.co/iyrY1pOsXj— CNET News (@CNETNews) June 26, 2019