January 22, 2014
NSA stands for National Security Agency. They monitor every telephone call you make and all your electronic communications. Using a tool called XKeyscore, the NSA tracks and stores all Internet activity. Analysts search by name, telephone number, and key words. Contrary to administration claims about not targeting anyone, that’s targeting. The NSA also tracks your phone call records, permanently recording that information.
Our Fourth Amendment reads, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause . particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
When something is intercepted, like an intimate telephone conversation between you and your boyfriend, and then stored, it has been effectively seized. The NSA employs “selectors” to examine the contents of what they’ve seized. What’s that mean? That means, in effect, they target people, places and things.