USA Today Retracts NSA Article About Phone Records From BellSouth and Verizon

June 30th, 2006 11:38 AM

Remember that USA Today article from May 11 alleging that “[t]he National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth?” Well, the USA Today just issued a retraction:

 Based on its reporting after the May 11 article, USA TODAY has now concluded that while the NSA has built a massive domestic calls record database involving the domestic call records of telecommunications companies, the newspaper cannot confirm that BellSouth or Verizon contracted with the NSA to provide bulk calling records to that database.”

To begin your Fourth of July holiday weekend with a bang, read the entire delicious retraction here.