I know this was already mentioned in comments, but feel it’s worth highlighting. Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism
What does this rule change mean for you? In short, domestic law enforcement officials now have access to huge troves of American communications, obtained without warrants, that they can use to put people in cages. FBI agents donâ€™t need to have any â€œnational securityâ€ related reason to plug your name, email address, phone number, or other â€œselectorâ€ into the NSAâ€™s gargantuan data trove. They can simply poke around in your private information in the course of totally routine investigations. And if they find something that suggests, say, involvement in illegal drug activity, they can send that information to local or state police. That means information the NSA collects for purposes of so-called â€œnational securityâ€ will be used by police to lock up ordinary Americans for routine crimes.
I’ve been writing about this since 2003 here at Drug WarRant.com — how the powers sought by the government ostensibly for going after terrorists would always ultimately be used to take away the basic rights of ordinary citizens.
This is why we must always be vigilant and not be taken in by appeals to safety by law enforcement groups seeking more access to private information.