Brian Merchant, Vice:
So, essentially, the NSA is deeply compromising our privacy so that it can do an extremely shitty job of looking for terrorists.
Bin Laden’s staff used to pass files around via USB thumb drives. It’s reasonable to assume that terrorists, extremists, or criminals with any kind of brains would opt for offline or heavily-encrypted communications. Passing messages with pen and paper from one person to another is more secure in this century than sending anything electronically.