Based On What We Know, Is The NSA Verizon Request Legal?
by EYDER PERALTA June 15, 2013 6:48 AM
Here's what we know about a National Security Agency program that collects vast amounts of data on the electronic activity of Americans: While controversial, a leaked secret document authorizing the collection makes it clear that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has decided that the collection of metadata for every call made in and into the United States is legal under Section 215 of the U.S.A. Patriot Act.
What we don't know is why. That's because the opinion of the FISC is secret.