"The program [NSA's PRISM, the record of all the phone calls you've ever made] does not allow the Government to listen in on anyone’s phone calls. The information acquired does not include the content of any communications or the identity of any subscriber."
-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
DNI Statement on Recent Unauthorized Disclosures of Classified Information - June 6, 2013
Translated: "We don't eavesdrop, we merely develop a map of everyone you talk to, everything you search for on the Internet and everything you buy with a credit card. And, by the way, your identity is obvious when we have that data. We promise not to look."
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Why the Metadata the NSA Has on You Matters
Sufficiently thorough correlation reveals content. "Data mining" is Google's raison d'être, Obama's Narwhal (2012 campaign software) and NSA's PRISM. Consider the following in that context.
"The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide."
Weekly national address - August 21, 2010
"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."
-Google CEO Eric Schmidt
CNBC interview - December 3, 2009.
"Google’s chairman is investing millions to fund a consulting firm for businesses staffed by Obama’s former data analytics team."
Google's Eric Schmidt Invests in Obama's Big Data Brains
Bloomberg Businessweek - May 30, 2013
Can you think of a word for a form of government that describes this sort of cooperation between giant corporations and government?