Sources: Guardian, YouTube
quote: Agreed. As I said, I'm not defending this in any way. I'm not comfortable with it myself. The point I was trying to make is that so long as the data is out there, anyone with sufficient time, resources, and motivation could do the same thing; e.g. foreign entities over which we (the U.S.) have no control.
quote: I think you're missing his point Jason. He's not even talking about foreign governments specifically. You or I could gather this information also which he mentions. It's freely available. Raytheon and any other US entity could collect and use this info and sell it to whoever. You could collect and sell it. I do wonder how the NSA can purchase this info (if they really are) legally as it violates the spirit of a certain law that prohibits them from doing so without a warrant. Although there is a time delay before they have to stop collecting. Loophole perhaps?
quote: I wasn't sure quite what his central focus was, but he did talk quite a bit about foreign governments, so I figured that was the main point.
quote: Because foreign governments are NOT going to be terribly interested in tracking low-level U.S. citizens.