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NSA data collection invades citizens' privacy

Deep in the desert of Utah is a government data center. The center, comprised of long, low buildings spanning 1.5 million square feet, is filled with super-powered computers storing unbelievably massive amounts of information gathered secretly. What information is being collected?

Information about you, Joe Average citizen. Your phone calls and emails are being stored, all in the name of protecting our country from potential terrorists--terrorists like you, even though your call or email is as banal as, "Honey I'll be home in 30 minutes." You probably have never said or typed, "I'm planning to bomb the Freedom Tower."

The Obama administration has defended the National Security Agency's "need" to collect such records, despite the huge overreach and invasion of citizens' privacy.

Truth is, most Americans do not believe the government won't use the information it's gathering for good purposes only. Information is power. Knowledge about private affairs can be used for bad ends.

Source: Wade OpEd in American Thinker: 2014 Delaware Senate race , Jul 25, 2014

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