I agree with the analysis that Uncle Sam just does not have the time to listen to you talking to Aunt Mabel.
He does have that capability, but he does not have the time.
Is anyone surprised that the Gov monitors things?
We all do
Everyone peeks out the window and susses the neighbors.
I do not find that shocking
Now when we target folks without cause and muck up their lives, things get messy.
Snowden is self loathing spy who is targeting US.
Time? NSA has some of the biggest supercomputers on the planet. They can process a huge amount of information in a very short time. They can use key words and other algorithms to separate the wheat from the chaff. They will listen to your conversation with Aunt Mabel if what you are talking about triggers the system to spit it out.
Is anyone surprised that the Gov monitors things? We all do. Everyone peeks out the window and susses the neighbors. I do not find that shocking
How can you equate the government and its huge resources with a nosy neighbor? We have something called a Constitution that is supposed to protect us from unreasonable search and seizure by the government.