The fact is that there is not a shred of evidence that bulk data collection makes us in any way safer. To the contrary, burying intelligence professionals in mountains of irrelevant petabytes only serves to obscure the real signals we need to listen to.
To the contrary, in every case that it is claimed this kind of bulk spying would have detected a terror plot, when in it fact did not, it has come out that the individuals involved were known high risk threats that good, old-fashioned police work would have easily caught. And that includes 9-11.
The so-called Patriot Act has already been so abused, it cannot be renewed in its current form.
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