LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The U.S. government is secretly collecting data on millions of Americans' phone calls and internet activity. A secret court order from April was leaked this week showing that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting the records of Verizon customers and monitoring traffic on U.S. internet companies, like Microsoft and Facebook.
Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4) said he understands that we can't tip off terrorists by getting these kinds of warrants in open courts. But he said when there's not effective oversight, things happen secretly.
While the Patriot Act is meant to protect the U.S. from foreign terrorists, he said the Verizon case breached the data for millions of Americans' and amounts to spying on U.S. citizens.
Rokita said he's concerned the court order was first reported on the website of the Guardian newspaper.
"This was all done in secret. Except for a leak in the media, we still might not have known about this, in a large sense," said Rokita.
Rokita said he and other U.S. congressmen have been in contact with the NSA to get some questions answered.
President Barack Obama defended the surveillance programs Friday morning.
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