A Proud Liberal wrote:
Well I hope they do just that and scoop up everything. They would quickly overload their ability to analyze in any effective manner all the data mined. Data to be effective has to become information, if there is data overload, information never is achieved.
They have three ways of dealing with this problem:
1) Massive budget. Only the NRO has a larger budget.
2) Filters for "key words." Like marijuana, gold, constitution, bomb?
3) They hone in on people of interest and those people have their communications essentially handled by a human.
It is somewhat similar to KGB or Stasi tactics. They really didn't have the capacity to monitor everything so they convinced people that they might very well be monitored. They employed fear and made sure that people knew of the prosecutions.
However, we employ high technology and mind boggling budgets. Plus the ability to write to hard drives. Then you have creative agents, in such abundance they are tripping over each other, who are prone to seeing and hearing what their employer wants. How else do you get over a million Americans on your terrorist watch lists?
Bugs are reportedly the size of a grain of a sand and capable of burst communications. In the future, we can look forward to micro bug carriers that scurry under doors and recharge batteries by being close to an electrical power source.
My feeling is this will be funded at the expense of libraries and other services that actually serve the public.
Being a serpeant is far more profitable than being a servant. Its all for your protection. of course.