By Taylor Armerding
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 04:47 PM EST
Indeed, the federal government is spending $2 billion to build a data storage facility in Bluffdale, Utah, that reportedly will hold five zettabytes of data. A single zettabyte is equivalent to the information on about 250 billion DVDs.
That doesn't mean the feds are going to read your every e-mail, Facebook post, and tweet in real time. But, if they decide they want to, they can go back and look. It will all be in storage.
And don't think that because you've done nothing "wrong" you have nothing to fear. As Binney notes, individuals don't get to decide that - the government does.
"If their position on something is against what the administration has, then they could easily become a target," he said.
Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told me a couple of months ago that if government really is collecting purely domestic electronic communications, "that would violate the law. But they operate in secret. It's all classified. That's our biggest concern."
And she suspects most citizens are unaware of the profile government can develop with electronic eavesdropping.
"It includes how you live your life, where you go, who you associate with, your age, race, religion," she said.
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But the official estimate is that there will be 30,000 drone aircraft deployed domestically by both commercial and government entities by 2020.
They will range from as big as a commercial aircraft to as small as a hummingbird. And many will be deployed with cameras that can see and record video of objects small enough to fit in your hand from 20,000 feet.
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