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The American Spectator
One of the primary contentions, yesterday evening, of Establishment Republicans and Democrats in defense of the NSA’s massive data collection program, was that the program was not only free from abuse (something we know is not true), but that it’s ultimately useful in targeting real threats to the American people; maybe not yesterday, maybe not today, but perhaps some day in the future it will ensnare an entire sleeper sell of Jihadists mid-phone call to Iran, giving an unsecured credit card number to their yellowcake suppliers. The data collection, you see, is done only on those whose backgrounds demand it. If you’ve done nothing wrong? Then why worry that your cell phone data records are stored on a massive supercomputer in Utah, where they can be routinely downloaded and searched?
One thing they forgot to mention? The Obama Administration, which has greatly expanded warrantless wiretapping, has a very interesting definition of who consitutes a threat. They haven’t been entirely forthcoming (or maybe they have, really) in who they focus on when it comes to things like “lone-wolf terrorist” or “threats to the very nature of our social fabric.” And that’s because, when they use the terms, they don’t really mean the homegrown groups of Jihadists that Lindsey Graham or Dan Coats envisions, plotting to put a dirty bomb in a shopping mall or release anthrax into Congress’s air ducts.
At least according to the DOJ’s most recent statements, they mean you.