The Government, through its uber mysterious NSA data trolling machinations, is intercepting e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services as they move across global data links at the rate of 250 million per year.
It’s a violation of national security for you and me to even know that. The fact that our government is doing this is supposed to be classified.
But don’t worry, it’s all on the up and up. They mean it this time. This time they’re really telling the truth. From the Washington Post:
A spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA, said the agency “is focused on discovering and developing intelligence about valid foreign intelligence targets like terrorists, human traffickers and drug smugglers. We are not interested in personal information about ordinary Americans.”
The spokesman, Shawn Turner, added that rules approved by the attorney general require the NSA to “minimize the acquisition, use and dissemination” of information that identifies a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Believe and feel safe.