For the past couple months, government officials have been appearing on the airwaves proclaiming that the NSA collects only metadata. Oh, they’re saints! They’re saviours! They’re only protecting you!
Dianne Feinstein, Peter King, Michael Hayden, Lindsay Graham, John McCain, and many others have been telling us what a liar Edward Snowden is. The government collects only metadata, they say. And that’s not really data at all! It’s just like the information on the outside of an envelope! Chill out, dudes!
Now, it turns out that they collect everything, with no oversight, no FISA approval required. Outrageous.
And on top of that, they’re passing that information on to the Drug Enforcement Agency and other local law enforcement, for them to act upon.
It’s blatantly unconstitutional, so when they bring the cases to court, they cover it up by cooking up a whole other scenario about how the information came to light. In other words, they lie and cook up another story.
And other law-enforcement agencies are clamoring to get to that data. If they get their way, the information from our tapped phones will be used to combat all crimes:
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