NSA’s snooping dragnet has little impact on terrorism: The US government, through its National Security Agency, keeps records of every single phone call made by every single phone in the country – and probably almost anything that travels over the internet. The oft-repeated rationale is that this kind of bulk data collection has the power to prevent terrorist attacks and keep the US safe.
But an analysis from the non-profit policy group New America Foundation, released today, shows that NSA surveillance programs have been used to apprehend only 17 of the 225 people charged with an act of terrorism in the US since 9/11. The report also argues that the NSA’s mass surveillance, which began after the Al-Qaida attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, would not even have helped to prevent those attacks. (1)
The only thing that can terrorize a state, are its citizens.
No wonder they are the ones who are monitored…
Be proud of that!