Do people care that all of their cell phone records may have been seized by the NSA?
rousseau 1 year ago
I ask this because I’m extremely angry about it. Glenn Greenwald broke the story in The Guardian that Verizon was giving the NSA complete records of its business plan customers' activity - who they called, when they called them, where they were, etc. It’s also pretty clear that although only information about Verizon was leaked for the article, the same national security letters have gone out to the other US carriers. Thanks to Big Data, it is probably possible to aggregate this data and get a pretty clear picture of what an individual person was doing on any given day. No warrant, just a “national security letter” demanding everything. Just to be clear, I was against warrantless domestic surveillance when Bush was president, and I’m against just as strongly now that Obama is president. I think that this should be something that matters to people of all political leanings. But to quote Bob Dole (I think), “Where’s the outrage?!”
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