"We are not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of Americans. Our efforts are focused on links to al-Qaeda and their known affiliates."Meanwhile, not even all Republicans are thrilled with the program. The Post reports:
Earlier, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said the panel will demand answers from America's leading telephone companies on the reported National Security Agency program to collect information on millions of calls.
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) vowed to haul the companies before his committee in response to a USA Today report that says the NSA has been secretly using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth to build a massive database of foreign and domestic phone calls.