What does this rule change mean for you? In short, domestic law
enforcement officials now have access to huge troves of American
communications, obtained without warrants, that they can use to put
people in cages. FBI agents don’t need to have any “national security”
related reason to plug your name, email address, phone number, or other
“selector” into the NSA’s gargantuan data trove. They can simply poke
around in your private information in the course of totally routine
investigations. And if they find something that suggests, say,
involvement in illegal drug activity, they can send that information to
local or state police. That means information the NSA collects for
purposes of so-called “national security” will be used by police to lock
up ordinary Americans for routine crimes. And we don’t have to guess
who’s going to suffer this unconstitutional indignity the most brutally.
It’ll be Black, Brown, poor, immigrant, Muslim, and dissident
Americans: the same people who are always targeted by law enforcement for extra “special” attention.
While this is, unfortunately, not really surprising, it is absolutely stunning and scary where the US, and many other countries, are headed. Since we’re apparently totally helpless against these changes, the only thing that is keeping me somewhat sane is the outlook of this project (and others with a similar premise).
So, thanks again for your hard and dedicated work. It’s apparent that we need it now more than ever. No pressure though