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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Is Massive Phone Record Database the Cause of Phone Records Bill's Disappearance?

Washington, DC-  A USA Today article reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been secretly collecting phone records of tens of millions of Americans using information provided by America’s largest telephone companies including AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth.  In response to the disturbing new information about domestic spying Representative Edward J. Markey, the ranking Democrat on the House Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee and a senior member of the Homeland Security Committee sent a letter to Dennis Hastert speaker of the House of Representatives raising questions about the connection between the reports of NSA phone record data bases and the sudden disappearance of the “Prevention of Fraudulent Access to Phone Records Act,” a bi-partisan bill that was scheduled for consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 2, 2006.

The letter sent today states: “With no notice or explanation, H.R. 4943 summarily disappeared from the House floor schedule that day and it has not been seen or heard from since.  I am concerned about reports that some intelligence agency or interest had a hand in the bill’s disappearance. . . Is it currently in some legislative  ‘Guantanamo Bay?’”
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