The most disturbing aspect of the government collecting the phone record of millions of Verizon customers is that the secret practice was leaked to the press, says Fred Fleitz, chief analyst at the global forecasting and intelligence service LIGNET.
"This is not a compromise of civil liberties. What this is is a serious compromise of a very effective counterterrorism tool by a person or persons who decided on their own to damage American security," Fleitz told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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On Wednesday, London's Guardian newspaper reported the National Security Agency is currently collecting the phone records under a top secret court order issued in April.
The newspaper obtained a copy of the order, but did not identify the source who leaked it.
"High-level people, members of Congress, Intelligence Committee staffers, they need to be investigated to find out who’s behind this."
Fleitz, a former CIA official who was on the Intelligence Committee from 2006 to 2011, said the National Security Agency is perfectly justified and its surveillance does stop terrorism.
"I lived through this with the wiretapping effort that the Bush administration carried out, which was legal and stopped terrorist plots," he said.
"President Obama and his administration have done nothing wrong here. This was vetted by the courts … If you call an al-Qaeda member in Pakistan, I don’t think you’re entitled to any special protections. You are doing something that’s violating the security of all of us and the NSA has a right to listen into that call."
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