National Security Agency whistle-blower William Binney explains how the NSA puts all the electronic communications of all Americans under constant surveillance and then stores zetabytes of data permanently.
Binney says that social networks analysis is being carried out on all Americans, and that if for any reason the clique in charge of the government decides to target an individual, they can go back and analyze the electronic records on him or her for damning information.
Presumably, this is what the Bush White House asked the intelligence community to do to yours truly. (See James Risen’s article here).
Binney refered to Boeing’s NARUS traffic analyzer, which we know the telcoms allowed the Bush administration to run on all our communications.