Well, THIS is about to get a whole lot easier in under forty-eight hours:
The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday.
i.e. Far less effective.
As required by law, the NSA will end its wide-ranging surveillance program by 11:59 p.m. EST Saturday (4:59 a.m. GMT Sunday) and expects to have the new, scaled-back system in place by then, the White House said.
The transition is a long-awaited victory for privacy advocates and tech companies wary of broad government surveillance at a time when national security concerns are heightened in the wake of the Paris attacks earlier this month.
The transition is a long-awaited victory of the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and every other jihadist network on the planet.
I'd include all our other enemies (Russia, Red China, North Korea, Iran) but they already have all our secrets as well as military superiority over us, also thanks to Mr. Snowden and the anti-American POTUS who made his "historic" caper possible.
It comes two and a half years after the controversial program was exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The move, mandated by a law passed six months ago, represents the greatest reduction of U.S. spying capabilities since they expanded dramatically after the September 11th, 2001 attacks. [emphasis added]
And after the next, bigger, new and improved 9/11, they'll expand once again. For awhile. Until we forget the self same lesson yet again.
Exit thought: Screw you, Rand Paul, screw you.