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Fmr. FBI Assistant Director Tom Fuentes: Court order giving NSA access to Verizon phone records 'will raise questions'

The United States government has reportedly obtained a top secret court order requiring Verizon to turn over the telephone records of millions of Americans to the National Security Agency on a daily basis. CNN Law Enforcement Analyst Tom Fuentes weighs in on the gravity of the order.

“It's a blanket order so that you could go back at another time and look specifically at a particular phone number or group of phone numbers to see if it appears that there’s some type of a group connection,” Fuentes says. “And it will raise questions as to whether the government should have that kind of blanket coverage ahead of time without suspicion about a particular number.”

The former FBI Assistant Director adds that it would be helpful to go back to Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s phone records “and look at who did he call, who called him, even locally within the United States, and go back through a certain period of time.”

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