Privacy in America

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence: “No, sir.”

Apparently he forgot to finish the sentence: “No, sir, we don’t collect ‘any type of data at all’, we’re very selective. We only collect just one specific type of data–well, maybe two types, three tops.”

Look, why are we getting so much coverage of who and where Snowden is, and so little coverage of why and how and what the NSA is doing? Other than allegations that the info is fabricated–and so far there have been none–the leaker is irrelevant.

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