The whole NSA fiasco is really a gift that keeps on giving for anyone who needs support for the argument that the U.S. government is something to be feared. Imagine a government entity checking out your emails, checking out your phone calls, figuring out where you play online and even listening in to your conversations. You can’t make this stuff up. I mean, even the worst surveillance mystery novels and detective novels from the past can’t hold a candle to the whole litany of transgressions that the NSA has supposedly committed. This is a serious privacy breach all perpetrated by the U.S. government. It’s good enough that hackers are held bend on stealing our credit card information and identities, it doesn’t really make anybody sleep better at night knowing that the government can spy not just on its own citizens but citizens of many other countries. Really crazy stuff. And to add to all the craziness, the NSA has the balls to ask phone companies to store their metadata. What is metadata? This is basically overview or snapshots of overall traffic or overall phone communication information. It’s kind of like 2000 feet overview of what’s going on at the ground level.
The NSA has always maintained that their snooping is not on a highly personalized level. They’ve always maintained that their surveillance is very similar to somebody watching a large city from 5000 feet up. They look at the big picture. While this may seem like innocuous enough, the revelations regarding the actual snooping the NSA did leaves people with little comfort. This isn’t a 5000 view approach. If anything, it’s really fine grain. Be that as it may, the NSA’s asking phone companies to basically be their accomplices. Instead of storing this information, it’s bad enough that they’re snooping around instead of storing this information they want phone companies to do it for them. Thankfully, many phone companies have their wits about them and said that no way to this request. According to Washington Post, the NSA is getting major push back on the idea of having private phone companies store metadata information. It’s going to be anyone’s guess how this would proceed. It shouldn’t be that big of a deal for the NSA. It is a government agency and surely has enough hardware capability to store all this data. If anything, storing this metadata is the least of its worries. There is so much outrage not just in the United States but from all over the world that it remains to see how the NSA will do in the next coming years.