The Whitehouse, the Professional Paranoid Spooks and some Senior Lawmakers were all for it though.
They have already collected more information than they could ever possibly process but that isn't stopping them because, you know, Terrorists and shit.
WASHINGTON – Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say.
The NSA took the concerns seriously, and many senior officials shared them. But after an internal debate that has not been previously reported, NSA leaders, White House officials and key lawmakers opted to continue the collection and storage of American calling records, a domestic surveillance program without parallel in the agency's recent history.
The warnings proved prophetic last year after the calling records program was made public in the first and most significant leak by Edward Snowden, a former NSA systems administrator who cited the government's deception about the program as one of his chief motivations for turning over classified documents to journalists. Many Americans were shocked and dismayed to learn that an intelligence agency collects and stores all their landline calling records.
In response, President Barack Obama is now trying to stop the NSA collection but preserve the agency's ability to search the records in the hands of the telephone companies — an arrangement similar to the one the administration quietly rejected in 2009. But his plan, drawing opposition from most Republicans, fell two votes short of advancing in the Senate on Tuesday.
Notice the Republicans are more than happy to let this bullshit continue because they are opposed to anything Obama wants, no matter what the citizens want because fuck you, they hate his ass more than anything in the world and that takes precedence.
It's not like we haven't learned that not only is the government collecting every phone call, and all internet traffic, they are flying airplanes around collecting the shit they can't get their hands on any other way.
I mean really, are you fucking kidding me?
What I really, really want to know and what these cocksuckers will never, ever admit, is just how many fucking terrorists they have nabbed in contrast to the unimaginable amounts of data they have collected already.
What's the ratio here fella's?
Two hundred trillion megabytes of info collected for one idiot that the FBI set up?
Something along those lines?
We will never know but you can bet your sorry ass that the amount of money, man hours and computing time is enormous for the payout received.
But, you can't be too careful because Abdul and his goat fucking buddies might be sending messages on Aunt Betty's old lap top ya know. Aunt Betty is probably part of a sleeper cell, you can't trust anyone anymore.
The whole thing makes me want to scream at the insanity.
Constitution free zones, the Fourth Amendment completely abbrogated and inumerable other down right illegal activities are all part of the plan and those same assholes everyone voted for earlier this month are almost gleefully giving it all a two thumbs up.
Fuck 'em all.