The NSA doesn’t spy on Americans. Without warrants. That would be illegal. And they won’t be spying on Americans when the $2 billion, million square foot, cyber-monotoring facility in Bluffdale, Utah comes online it 2013 either, the one that listens to and records virtually every single iota of electronic data, voice, and monetary transaction that occurs in the United States by any citizen.
Because for them to do that, they would have to have a warrant. But the Constitution doesn’t say ANYTHING about them funneling all of that data through 20 data centers distributed around the US and run by companies set up and operated by the country of Israel. Who then could just happen to funnel anything suspicious right back to the NSA.
Sort of sub-contracting out to get around all that annoying Fourth Amendment/”right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”—stuff.
Because if the NSA were to do it directly, well, that would be illegal. And they’re GONNA do it. Anyway. So at least they’re bothering with the letter, if not the spirit of the law.
I feel so much safer now.