“Oh no, no no,” the government keeps saying, “We’re just collecting metadata. It’s just a bunch of numbers, that’s all. There’s no actual private info we have on you. You’re worried about nothing. Just shut up, let us protect you, and keep voting for us.”
From the Washington Post, after it examined some of Edward Snowden’s NSA data:
Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else. Many of them were Americans…
Among the latter are medical records sent from one family member to another, résumés from job hunters and academic transcripts of schoolchildren…
Scores of pictures show infants and toddlers in bathtubs, on swings, sprawled on their backs and kissed by their mothers. In some photos, men show off their physiques. In others, women model lingerie, leaning suggestively into a webcam or striking risque poses in shorts and bikini tops.
Yeah. Nothing to see here folks. The government is your friend and they’re here to help.
Just keep on voting for Democrats and Republicans and I’m sure it will all be fine.