“The possibility of a broad government sweep of domestic telephone data in pursuit of potential terrorists has long been suspected by civil liberties advocates and even hinted at by members of Congress.”
“Documents Point To Effort By U.S. To Get Web Data,” Charlie Savage and Edward Wyatt, NYT
I think anyone who has been paying attention over the years and taken note of the grumbling about Section 215 of the Patriot Act has no reason to be surprised about the release of a specific classified FISA order to Verizon. Agree with it or not, it’s no shocker.
As for Prism, the program getting Internet information rather than phone records, if it’s true that the government is looking only at communications by foreigners who are overseas, I’d be upset if they weren‘t doing this. To me, this seems essential to keeping us safe.