The bulk collection of telephone metadata which Congress had voted to end just weeks ago has been extended by a secret U.S. Tribunal.
The metadata collection program was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden and was recently ended by President Obama when he signed the USA Freedom Act on June 2, 2015. However, the spying program is to be replaced by a “less intrusive” spying program and the National Security Agency (NSA) has 180 days to create the transition. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) is the “secret” court that will allow the spying to continue.
Snowden had revealed this metadata spying included the NSA collecting data from phone companies including the numbers of both parties involved in a call, calling card numbers, length and time of calls to “combat terrorism.”