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Problem is that even with ALL the information they gather and specific information from Russia, they couldn't identify the Boston bombers. The FBI had even interviewed the deceased brother and they put out their pictures for the public to identify. Great work!
"The entire data collection just sits there". What happens if you are a conservative or a liberal who is targeted at some point? They have all this information on "John Doe" and can pull it at that point and time and use it against him. Do you want the government to know every person you call and every person who calls you? Do you want them to know private information in your email, etc.?
I believe the public is just starting to realize how advanced this information gathering technology has become over the last 10 years or so.
I think the Government has enough information already to pretty much single people out and exploit them in dam near any way they see fit.
The last year alone has changed the entire scope of the consequences elections will have in the present,not the future,cause its already here in that regard.