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(The NSA Spying Scandal)
  with this story is it has all
the elements of a spy thriller combined
with all the legal complexities of a
constitutional debate.
To put it simply, what we have here
is a government agency-the National
Security Agency ()-using a provision
of the so-called Patriot Act to force
telecommunications companies to retain
five years of telephone call records. These records list everyone
you've called and all the people and organizations that have
phoned you-and every other American's calls, too.

These calls can
easily be used
by a data-mining
program to show
that you're likely
a gun owner.
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But what is turning this into a fight for civil liberties is the fact that the
telecommunications companies are required to hand over these phone call records to
the .
By now you're probably wondering what the  is doing with your calling
history. They say they're not doing anything with . percent of the metadata. (In
this case "metadata" refers to records that show phone numbers called, the duration
of the calls, routing data and more, but doesn't include actual conversations.)
Nevertheless, they want it all.
The  is a .. government spy agency that is so secretive that the joke used to
be that  really stands for "No Such Agency." Actually, we wouldn't even know
about this once-secret government program if Edward Snowden, a former 
contractor turned traitor (or freedom fighter or both, however you look at it), hadn't
downloaded and exposed this and a lot more sensitive national security information
before fleeing to China and then to Russia. A lot of people get lost in this dark
segment of the story, but we'll leave Snowden aside here, as we're getting to a much
more fundamental issue that has everything to do with your First, Second and
Fourth Amendment rights.
Have I lost you yet? The  hopes so. They seem to be betting that their
assurances that this spying is for national security, the intellectual nature of the
constitutional arguments, peoples' disparate feelings about Snowden and a number
of other factors will make this issue gradually disappear from even the inside
sections of newspapers.



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