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USA Today: Call Database Not So Broad

Monty Solomon (
Fri, 30 Jun 2006 09:57:17 -0400

WASHINGTON (AP) -- USA Today acknowledged in a "note to our readers"
Friday that it could not establish that BellSouth or Verizon
contracted with the National Security Agency to provide it with
customer calling records, as it previously reported.

But spokesman Steve Anderson said "this is an important story that
holds up well. At the heart of our report is the fact that NSA is
collecting phone call records of millions of Americans."

"What we address in the editors' note," he said, "deals with the fact
that we originally reported that the telephone companies were working
under contract with the NSA. We've concluded that we cannot establish
that BellSouth or Verizon entered into a contract with the NSA to
provide the bulk calling records."

In an accompanying story, the newspaper reported Friday that lawmakers
on House and Senate intelligence committees have said that while the
NSA has amassed a huge database calling records, cooperation with the
NSA by telephone companies was not as extensive USA Today initially
reported on May 11.


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