> If so, what is it for? Blackmailing politicians? Blackmailing the wealthy and powerful?
Time and again we see that anything they have the *capability* to do, they *are* doing. This includes the CIA spying on Congress.
They got caught with their hand in the cookie jar that time, but what's to say that similar things aren't still happening? Merely their assurances, and how much are those worth?
Based on what we know about bulk data collection, our intelligence apparatus does seem to have the *capability* to influence the the legislative and executive branches in inappropriate ways. Based on their past behavior I feel like we can't just dismiss that possibility as crazy.
There's nothing so special about America that we cannot suffer from corruption, and we have built the technological toolbox to enable it.
I feel like a lunatic writing this down, but "they" truly could be manipulating our elected officials.