Originally Posted by planetdoc
Merriam Webster's definition of surveillance
I'm not going to argue over NSA semantics and definitions that they use to justify their behavior. I think what they are doing falls under the commonly interpreted definition of surveillance.
Nope. Let's use an analogy. If you carefully read every book in the library, you will presumably learn many new things about the contents of those books. If you just haul those books off into a warehouse somewhere without reading them, you don't have any idea what they contain.
Your definition says "carefully watching". This isn't careful watching, it's hauling records into a warehouse for potential use later (with a warrant).