Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age
by Bernard E. Harcourt, The Huffington Post, December 17, 2015
In 2015, the National Security Agency is apparently intercepting and storing well over 1.7 billion emails, phone calls and other communications every day. The NSA's approach, an internal memo produced for a gathering of "Five Eyes" peers (the intelligence agencies of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) indicated, is to "collect it all," "process it all," "exploit it all," "partner it all," "sniff it all," and ultimately, "know it all." Former NSA director Michael Hayden has acknowledged, "We kill people based on metadata."