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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Senators steam over new report of NSA phone calling scrutiny

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A Republican senator says it's time to "find out exactly what is going on." A Democrat senator is asking, "Where does it stop?"

The furor on Capitol Hill is over a USA Today report that three big phone companies have turned over the records of tens of (m) millions of calls to the National Security Agency, as part of a government effort to compile a complete database of phone calls.

Chairman Arlen Specter says he wants AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth to appear before his Senate Judiciary panel to explain.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Patrick Leahy, says he's angry that Congress will, in his words, "rubber stamp" anything done by the Bush administration.

The newspaper says the program doesn't involve listening to the calls. But it reportedly does seek to track every phone call in order to identify calling patterns.