(June 6, 2013) 'Beyond Orwellian': Outrage Follows Revelations of Vast Domestic Spying Program
FISA court order 'broadest surveillance order ever issued' against private citizens
As government officials and Verizon itself responded to the Guardian's NSA domestic spying story throughout the day, concern over the program's scope and implications only deepened among its army of critics.
Responding to the news report, Sen. Diane Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, acknowledged that she has been well aware of the NSA's collecting of vast amounts of personal phone record data, but said the practice was totally "legal."
Verizon acknowledged the program as well, but said the order gave it no choice but to comply.
The only thing of concern to Sen. Feinstein, who demanded an investigation into the source of the leak, seemed to be finding the individual who passed the FISA Court order to the Guardian in the first place.
Responding to Feinstein's comments, the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, part of the team who broke the story, tweeted:
"The reason there are leakers is precisely because the govt is filled with people like Dianne Feinstein who do horrendous things in secret.