Source: The Washington Post
quote: Anyways, perhaps America needs to wake up and realize that its constitution isn't really good enough.
quote: any honest politician can't be elected because everyone has some skeletons in their closet
quote: True, but congress passed the patriot act, thus making that the law even though it clearly contradicts the freedoms outlined in the constitution. Either way, they suck, I think we all agree on that. LOL.
quote: The only flaw is they had no idea we would be led by such a group of criminals and cowards
quote: Small government is more about efficiency and to a lesser extend less wealth redistribution.
quote: The only reason why we are a free country still with any freedoms left is our Second Amendment.
quote: Doesn't matter if there are 10 million people with guns when you're dealing with a government that has freaking nuclear weapons.
quote: but it's much better than your constitution in giving rights to people.
quote: Snowden revealed NOTHING that any intelligent human being would not have assumed the first time they used a networked PC, digital device, and in the stone age.. telephone.
quote: All he has done is give aide to America's enemies. He is a traitor and a coward. '
quote: However, our review of the government’s claims about the role that NSA “bulk” surveillance of phone and email communications records has had in keeping the United States safe from terrorism shows that these claims are overblown and even misleading. An in-depth analysis of 225 individuals recruited by al-Qaeda or a like-minded group or inspired by al-Qaeda’s ideology, and charged in the United States with an act of terrorism since 9/11, demonstrates that traditional investigative methods, such as the use of informants, tips from local communities, and targeted intelligence operations, provided the initial impetus for investigations in the majority of cases, while the contribution of NSA’s bulk surveillance programs to these cases was minimal. Indeed, the controversial bulk collection of American telephone metadata, which includes the telephone numbers that originate and receive calls, as well as the time and date of those calls but not their content, under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, appears to have played an identifiable role in initiating, at most, 1.8 percent of these cases. NSA programs involving the surveillance of non-U.S. persons outside of the United States under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act played a role in 4.4 percent of the terrorism cases we examined, and NSA surveillance under an unidentified authority played a role in 1.3 percent of the cases we examined.Surveillance of American phone metadata has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism and only the most marginal of impacts on preventing terrorist-related activity, such as fundraising for a terrorist group.
quote: Do NSA's Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists?