Calls to a hotline can reveal what a citizen truly cares about. s. bär / flickr When the scandal about the National Security Agency (NSA) leaks first broke, one of the government’s talking points quickly became that its giant database of domestic phone calls was simply “metadata.” “Nobody is listening to your telephone calls,” said President Barack Obama a few days after the program became public. “That’s not what this program’s about… by sifting through this so-called metadata, they may identify potential leads with respect to folks who might engage in terrorism.” Privacy activists noted that the “metadata” held plenty of private information. Just six days after the Snowden NSA leaks revealed that the government was collecting essentially all telephone call “metadata,” the ACLU filed a new lawsuit challenging the practice as unconstitutional. 3     

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