Source: CNN on YouTube
quote: I’m glad that this capability is only used for terrorism and national security related crimes.
quote: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
quote: The most dense commercially available storage system (excluding Backblaze, which is too new and too awesome for government) can fit 16 3.5" HDDs in a 3U case.
quote: If the government has been doing this since 2002 (when the largest HDD was around 250GB) and has been continually storing data since then, that's a total of 1.45 MILLION Terabytes of data...Therefore, if you were to store every phone conversation in the US since 2002, you'd need over Eight and a half Thousand server racks of hard drives, which would fit in a building that's about 3.5 acres in size.
quote: Criminals thrive in "gun free zones"
quote: The government can record all the data they want. They cannot easily find our conversations. The analogy of a needle in a haystack would become more like a needle in a needlestack when you record everything. There is only so much the computers can flag and they cannot hire enough people to listen to our calls.
quote: "All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not"