Data collection has been a key element in security for decades, only now they are using it in conjunction with the office of " HOMELAND SECURITY It's a literal joke if you ask me. Who reads and deciphers the collected data? A computer programmed with a set of protocols, or some pencil necked geek who will make a decision based on his/her ability to " Break it all down This is just one of many examples where Big Brother is over stepping it's intended bounds and you can bet your butt that it ain't ever gonna change.
You can thank the warmongering Bush administration for all of this crap! I doubt Obama will do anything about it since those running the show will always highlight the pros vs the cons of such a program.
What do we call this stuff: Preventative terrorism!
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N.S.A.’s Intercepts Exceed Limits Set by Congress
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.Several intelligence officials, as well as lawyers briefed about the matter, said the N.S.A. had been engaged in “overcollection” of domestic communications of Americans. They described the practice as significant and systemic, although one official said it was believed to have been unintentional.
L@@KS LIKE THEY ARE SPINNING THE OBAMA ADMIN AS THE PRESSURE BEHIND THE STORY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~Right
The legal and operational problems surrounding the N.S.A.’s surveillance activities have come under scrutiny from the Obama administration, Congressional intelligence committees and a secret national security court, said the intelligence officials, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because N.S.A. activities are classified. Classified government briefings have been held in recent weeks in response to a brewing controversy that some officials worry could damage the credibility of legitimate intelligence-gathering efforts.
Lots and lots of KICKING THE CAN where all of this classified material is concerned. We'll see how much real light gets shed on this BS.