Originally Posted by planetdoc
your analogy is flawed. One doesnt have to look at each individual record. The computer systems are sophisticated enough to look at telephone, email, sms, bank, and other records of individuals to make associations and flag them based on a filter for follow-up by analysts such as Snowden. Further, they are doing this without a warrant, and using what they gain to "parallel-construct" a story to gain probably cause to get a warrant.
In anycase, whether you agree or disagree is immaterial to the info provided in the Original Post. I would rather not take part in spiraling the discussion away from the original topic.
Snowden wasn't that kind of analyst.
You're conflating different surveillance programs with each other. Each one has to be considered separately.
You're getting your parallel construction story mixed up too.
P.S. All analogies are flawed. What matters is whether they get the important parts right. My analogy isn't perfect, but it represents the most notorious NSA program in all important respects.