Originally Posted by Rookie1337
All I want to know is why they think getting all this information is going to help them if it's not targeted? They've admitted in the past that they just end up sitting on the majority of it and being unable to make the connections they'd need to to actually find the majority of threats that they didn't already have clues to focus on. It seems more like the use of this whole system is to find dissidents and deal with them the most effective way possible; smear tactics and character assassinations.
In the mean time here's to hoping they don't have things that can break PGP and well done steganography.
Even if you were totally off base, and delusional for thinking it seems more like it's a tool to deal with dissidents.. Anyone with a brain can see that new anti-terror legislation makes it entirely possible to do such a thing to anyone, including political leaders, without legal recourse. These people don't even need to answer to Congress. Their convictions need not be proven in a court of law.
Before long it will be technologically feasible for them to conduct frequent, automated audio/video drop-ins to be stored indefinitely. The implications of that could be disastrous, given the fact that they operate without even having their actions subject to the judgement of Congress. Those smear tactics and character assassinations could begin from the day a future politician is old enough to own a cell phone. Before that politician ever even starts their career, it's conceivable that a small group of people within such a secret agency could pull up a lifetime of material to stifle them.
Conflicting interests could easily be enough reason for such a thing, An NSA like we have now would certainly oppose a politician like Rand Paul because that type of politician could end up dissolving nearly the entire agency. After a few generations, if they continue on this course, it seems quite likely that they could entirely manipulate public perception of such opponents.
It's not a comfortable thought.