This isn't the first time that the National Security Agency has come under scrutiny for securing the phone records of millions of Americans.
Since George W. Bush started the so-called war on terror, and Congress subsequently passed the Patriot Act, the federal government has found ways of fighting terrorism through surveillance that some would call intrusive — from looking through library records to tapping phone calls.
If you look through stories from today and compare them to, for example, a story from 2006 when the NSA found itself in a firestorm of public outrage for collecting phone records, it's difficult to tell the two apart.
1. "A massive government database containing the phone records of tens of millions of Americans "¦ marks the modern intersection of two powerful emerging forces: terrorism and technology."
2. "The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top-secret court order issued in April."
3. "On Capitol Hill, Democrats expressed outrage over the secret project, and some leading Republicans "¦ expressed concern."