Senator Dick Durbin says it’s disturbing, but shouldn’t be surprising when it comes to the reports of the National Security Administration getting phone records from Verizon.
The Senior Senator from Illinois says he has been trying for years to reform provisions of the Patriot Act to only allow secret collection of information from those who are connected spies or people plotting to attack the US, but has failed to come through with those reforms.
Durbin says quote “the cloak has been lifted” and it’s time to have the important debate about privacy in the face of keeping American safe.
It was reported and since confirmed that a secret court order extended the NSA’s access to Verizon records.
The Senate Intelligence Committee says the practice has been going on for years.