Why is the NSA spying on us?

Secretly collecting call data on millions of Americans won't do much to stop terror. So what is this data really being used for?

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But let’s look at this from another perspective. Say you’re a terrorist. You know the NSA or some other three-letter-agency is probably trying to locate you using your phone (since they’ve been doing that since at least 2005). What are the odds you’re going to use your phone to communicate with your fellow jihadists? Wouldn’t you find some other more secure way to communicate, the way spies have been communicating for centuries? Don’t you think they’re smarter than that?

So we’re back to the basic question: Why is the NSA collecting this information? How is it planning to use it? I doubt the answers are going to come easy. But we need to keep asking the question until they do.

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