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  •  Cherry picking the data to target inconvenient (8+ / 0-)

    people is what I see as a natural out come of this data collection. I know it's used retrospectively. It makes sense that it was used after the Boston bombing to catch the Tsarnaev brothers, but to me this isn't enough.

    I wonder how many people have had this data used against them for like you say, pure intimidation. I'd add black mail and political prosecution too.

    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

    by JDWolverton on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 06:24:10 AM PDT

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    •  That's what J.Edgar Hoover certainly used it for. (3+ / 0-)
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      Blackmailed the presidents of the United States, and anyone else who might have suggested bringing him down. Absolute power corrupting absolutely.

      "Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by Kombema on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 11:07:57 AM PDT

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    •  Always Degenerates to That (2+ / 0-)
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      Eventually aimed at political opponents, never fails.  Our founding fathers were prescient.

      I'm not making a lot of friends both at home and at work because I'm a 4th amendment absolutist.  When the government tells us we shouldn't worry about their surveillance methods, it's all about keeping us safe, guess what... time to worry like hell.

      Why the fuck the entire congressional majority can get away with being 2nd amendment absolutists while at the same time collectively pissing on the 4th is a mystery to me.

      Whatever the NSA is blathering on about, metadata this, metadata that... story of the day.  They're fucking LYING!!!   Fact: If the NSA can lie to congress without blinking, then they will lie to us all with even less impunity.

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