I recommend listening to it just for the entertainment. Gbaji specifically, I would like you to listen to him and tell me you are not afraid that this person is at the helm of the agency that is dealing with security,
Nothing he says in public matters at all. Nothing. "We use unicorn powered rainbow turds to kill the evil doers." You have no right to privacy, you never have had one. Every nation state on Earth gathers as much information about everything as they possibly can. The test is how it's used. When NSA information starts being used to catch shoplifters, then there is a problem. Prior to that there is a complete lack of transparency. The NSA is at best "sort of" subject to rule of law. Sue them, maybe you'll get some money, what you won't get is an intentional self blinding of signals intelligence gathering. Ever. Grow the fuck up, the fantasy world you feel betrayed doesn't exist never did and is literally impossible.
Who the **** do you think you are? Hillary? Do you also think we should "have a grown up conversation"? Heh..
I like the way you just rationalize it as: "this is how it always has been". I am always amused by this kind of argument. It has not. I should immediately clarify what I mean by this. The ability to pretty much track anyone has not truly existed up until now. Even 10 years back it required quite a lot of, and here is the important part, manpower to follow people 24/7. Now this obstacle has been mostly removed by technology.
If anything, the fact I am quite shocked that people did not try to have this thing turned around and crowd-source whereabouts of every single elected official. I am pretty sure, some would change their tune about privacy then. But if there is anything I have learned in this life, it is that a) people don't listen b) it mildly satisfying to do "i told you so".
By the way Smash, just in case you were in some god forsaken ****-hole, yelling lalala to prevent any kind of reality entering the realm of Smash, allow me to remind you that NSA was already passing the info onto DEA. I am sure, in a very American tradition, this will eventually translate into catching petty crime. I am unconvinced you will try to do anything then either.
My argument is, and always has been really simple, if you let one organization that, apparently, can barely tell the truth by the body that is supposed to control it, gather information on everything, then that information will be used. It is just a question of time. What it will be used for, is another question altogether.