Originally Posted by peacepipe
I agree the nsa needs some serious oversight & some heads need to roll,but the nsa isn't listening to nor does it have the capability to listen to every phone call made. The nsa needs to be investigated.
It doesn't have to listen, only record. Then you can focus on the 'threats' real, imagined, or contrived at your leisure, and as they become known.
Say some firebrand local politician starts making hay and building a national following that might lead to a popular movement the government doesn't like.
It doesn't matter whether they've been listening to his calls up until then. Now that he's on their radar they can take their time, go back to everything he's ever done and turn his life inside out.
You control this kind of data, and you effectively control the population, at least when it comes to governance.