George W. Bush In 2006 On NSA Phone Spying
Where was Snowden in 2006? Column
When USA TODAY revealed a massive NSA database, phone companies denied taking part.
..in May 2006 when reporter Leslie Cauley revealed the existence of a massive NSA phone database, much like the one disclosed by Snowden. It involved the collection of records showing who called who, along with call duration, but did not involve eavesdropping. President George W. Bush responded quickly, saying "the intelligence activities I authorized are lawful" and emphasized that "the privacy of ordinary Americans is fiercely protected in all our activities." -Read the article
Read the original 2006 article where President George W. Bush admits to NSA spying
NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls
Updated 5/11/2006 10:38 AM ET By Leslie Cauley, USA TODAY
The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.
The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews. -Read the article