As news spread some months ago, in the wake of revelations divulged by former analyst Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency has been collecting metadata on Americans’ phone calls and emails, most came to the conclusion that everything they were doing electronically was being monitored by Uncle Sam’s most powerful spy agency.
At the same time, many of us have shrugged off the surveillance, concluding that since we’re not doing anything wrong we’ve got no worries. Several years ago, that might have been true, but as noted by SHTF.org in a recent essay, “the digital surveillance systems of today are far more advanced than most people understand.” In short, the government’s capabilities are much more sinister:
No longer are these machines simply recording the data and storing them in some historical archive to be pulled at a later date should the government ever have reason to take a closer…
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