So let me get this straight. Michael A. Mason was executive assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was hired by Verizon Communications as their chief security officer.
Next we find out through a top secret document that the National Security Agency is collecting telephone records of millions of Verizon Communications customers.
Anyone think this FBI chief is on an Op that includes releasing private phone information to the NSA? Mason was on the Short list to head the FBI and just happens to be from Chicago, Illl. You can’t make this up!
Revealed: NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
Read More Revealed The Guardian.
But if you have nothing to hide…. Seems the left went wild worrying about warrantless wiretapping under President Bush, seems this is bigger than anything previously known
If the document is genuine, it could represent the broadest surveillance order known to have been issued. It also would confirm long-standing suspicions of civil liberties advocates about the sweeping nature of U.S. surveillance through commercial carriers under laws passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
An expert in this aspect of the law said Wednesday night that the order appears to be a routine renewal of a similar order first issued by the same court in 2006. The expert, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive issues, said that the order is reissued routinely every 90 days and that it is not related to any particular investigation by the FBI or any other agency.
Read the Full story at – The Washington Post.
Here is the Press release
Verizon Taps Senior FBI Leader as New Chief Security Officer
NEW YORK, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:
VZ) today named
Michael A. Mason, currently the executive assistant
director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to be the company’s new
chief security officer. In his current position at the FBI, Mason is in
charge of the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch — the
largest unit in the FBI.
The appointment will be effective in January following Mason’s planned
retirement from the FBI. He will replace Jim Trainor, who announced his
intention to retire from Verizon at the end of this year.
Mason will report directly to Verizon Executive Vice President and
General Counsel Bill Barr and will work closely with the senior management
team. As CSO, Mason will oversee and coordinate global security efforts
throughout Verizon and all its business units, including enterprisewide
security strategy and programs, physical security, cyber security and
law-enforcement security matters.
“Mike brings to Verizon more than 20 years’ experience in all aspects
of law enforcement and security,” Barr said. “He has distinguished himself
as a supervisor in FBI field operations and as an executive proficient at
developing strategies to address critical criminal and security issues.
We’re delighted that he will be joining Verizon, and I look forward to
working closely with him.”
Mason began his career with the FBI in 1985. He served in numerous
management and executive management positions, including assistant director
in charge of the Washington field office — the Bureau’s second largest
office — and acting executive assistant director of headquarters
administration. Most recently, he supervised the Criminal and Cyber
divisions, the Office of International Operations (which includes 59
overseas offices), the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group and the
Office of Law Enforcement Coordination.
Mason also served from 1980-1985 in the United States Marine Corps,
where he achieved the rank of captain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in
accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University and in 2004 received the
Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service at the FBI.
Upon joining Verizon, he will be based in Basking Ridge, N.J.
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