And I see nothing at all problematic about secret courts issuing secret orders that massively expand the ability of the police state to delve into all aspects of our electronic communications. After all, if they get the metadata, who did 555-5555 call, how long, where were those callers located, surely it would make things easier if they just collected the content of all calls for possible later review! What could possibly go wrong?
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
I know that many companies like Amazon.com keep track of what we purchase so they can target what we might be interested in buying in the future, and offer it, and that's okay, I guess. Why anyone in government would be interested in my conversations with my grandkids escapes me, though, unless it eliminates me as a potential problem. What a waste of time and money - since most of us would just like to live our lives in peace. Wouldn't it be far better to concentrate on the troublemakers and leave the rest of us alone? How we ever managed to become the world's leaders without having someone monitoring our every move is a mystery, isn't it? And if we do have a terrorist attack, as some are predicting, odds are overwhelming that it won't be an average citizen doing it. IMO, this is just 1984 coming true, and we know what that produced! Constant propaganda and no freedom except for those governing! :, and that is NOT benign!
Don't know why you can't see the connection.
Holy Cow! An unnamed former NSA employee has said Snowden has aided ISIS. Now THAT is really something to believe in.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
So who are these McJ fellas.... let's use tactics even REMFs know... the time honored diversion- the mis-direction, the frontal attack that distracts 'higher' so the flank attacks comes as a nasty surprise.
As far as communications with real deal terrorists go there are dozens of ways to communicate without giving the e-tel guys as signal to listen to.
But has any attack been thwarted due to McJ calling to work out the plan? Did the Boston Bombers call McJ a dozen times to get bomb details?
You made an example that isn't real world but an attempt to justify a no-named source making claims about Snowden and his actions.
The sorry sad fact the Boston Bombers showed us is with all the meta data/eavesdropping/massive surveillance the human side does continue to err and makes the millions spent, the tapping our allies calls little more than a huge embarrassment and only serves to connect the dots AFTER a pair of kids blow up a few pressure cookers... did McJ call them with instructions on how to do that???
To think the terrorists have not learned about counter intel, and are not working on work arounds as diligently as they do new methods of bombing is more of a threat than missing the phone calls that most likely won't be reviewed until after the fact...
Snowden isn't hurting us- our own incompetence is...