- 06.07.13 09:17 AM EDT
The National Security Agency has decreed a secret court order to Verizon requiring them to share "all call detail records" with the government. This report, first revealed on Wednesday, includes both domestic local and long-distance calls as well as those overseas.
The NSA's far-reaching power was allowed immediately after the September 11th attacks and has given the government agency the ability to track citizens' personal communication from calls to emails. A report in 2008 revealed that they even obtained financial and travel data on individuals.
The ACLU and defenders of civil liberties find this intrusion an outrage. Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director for the ACLU, said, "It provides further evidence of the extent to which basic democratic rights are being surrendered in secret to the demands of unaccountable intelligence agencies."
The order was issued on April 25 and is enactable until July 19.
For the NSA's actual court order for the Verizon records, check out this breakdown from our friends at NewsGenius.