Surveillance

Senators: Verizon Monitoring "Nothing New"

Funny, because they struck down a FISA amendment last year to let Americans know how widespread it was

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The top two leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday that the widespread monitoring of Verizon phone calls made in the United States has been going on for years, and that Congress is regularly briefed on it.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) also defended the National Security Agency's request to the company for all the metadata about phone calls made within and from the United States.