Obama administration decides to keep spying on US phone records, says it’s in the ‘public interest’


Every 90 days, a secret court has to renew the controversial order that allows the FBI and NSA to spy on the telephone records of every call made in the United States. The last such order expired today, July 19th. But despite the fervor, protest, and lawsuits that have sprung up since whistleblower Edward Snowden helped expose the existence of the government’s telephony metadata collection program, the US government renewed the order today. And, in a separate effort, the US Department of Justice informed a New York federal judge that such data collection was in the “public interest,” and asked him to throw out a lawsuit protesting the data collection procedure.

Interestingly, the news of the 90 day extension wasn’t leaked this time…

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