you know, i was reading a blog post by david simon the other day that put it pretty well. meta data is not a big deal -- until the terrorists, or as in his example drug dealers, know it's being used. sure, the government can use their database to figure out where you've been and who you called and whether the people you called know any terrorists every time you've made a phone call since 2007 -- big fuckin' deal. as simon says, there's no way you'd be able to get away from the police if they decided to come for you anyway. get real, new york times, et al. and go back to the '30s. this is the modern world and if you thought you could hide who you're making calls to from the government, you're about eighty years behind the curve.
anyway, i'm just amazed at all the hyperventilating about this and damn glad they caught this guy before he publishes any more government secrets. he made a big mistake leaving US soil though. as hard as it is to understand a guy who betrays his own country, it's even harder to understand trading the relative comfort of solitary confinement for an air to ground missile.
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