Big Brother lies and spins, lies and spins.
The lying and spinning never cease and the pool of citizens whose privacy they violate widens at breakneck speed. In basic terms, the NSA is spying on you, your friends and THEIR friends, all the time.
To lift a quote from former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, "The Obama Administration lied about the spying. Then lied about lying. Then lied about lying about their spying."
Analysts look "two or three hops" from terror suspects when
evaluating terror activity, Inglis revealed. Previously, the limit of
how surveillance was extended had been described
as two hops. This meant that if the NSA were following a phone metadata
or web trail from a terror suspect, it could also look at the calls
from the people that suspect has spoken with—one hop. And then, the
calls that second person had also spoken with—two hops. Terror suspect to person two to person three. Two hops. And now: A third hop.
Think of it this way. Let's say the government suspects you are a
terrorist and it has access to your Facebook account. If you're an
American citizen, it can't do that currently (with certain exceptions)—but
for the sake of argument. So all of your friends, that's one hop. Your
friends' friends, whether you know them or not—two hops. Your friends'
friends' friends, whoever they happen to be, are that third hop. That's a
massive group of people that the NSA apparently considers fair game.