While browsing Business Insider today I saw two articles that really caught my attention. The first was the most recent NSA ruling by Manhattan Judge William Pauley; Pauley ruled in favor of the NSA, saying collecting domestic metadata is lawful under the Patriot Act. http://www.businessinsider.com/nsa-surveillance-ruling-snowden-pauley-greenwald-2013-12 Putting what I feel about the NSA aside, I scrolled down further on the Business Insider page to find that the government in Egypt has put into law that anyone who posts a 4 fingered “Rabia” picture on Facebook will be regarded as terrorists and sentenced to 5 years in prison. Rabia is a symbol of a Muslim brotherhood; numerous of which died in 2012 during a protest at the Rabia al Adawiya Square. http://www.businessinsider.com/egypt-ban-on-r4bea-rabea-signs-in-facebook-2013-12
My question is this: when is the US going to use our metadata? Right now we know they are collecting our metadata, but when is the US going to start passing laws that allow them to persecute men like Edward Snowden, who revealed what the US government is doing online? When is the US going to come knocking on my door because they didn’t like what I posted or said online?