The fact that they've already been lying about this, that they've expressed specific interest in prosecuting the whistleblower and that they are now saying it's completely innocent totally ruins their creditability. The notion that this capability exists and yet is not used unscrupulously strains credulity. Does anybody believe that -even if the NSA itself only uses this data responsibly- its use will remain responsible given the kind of psychopathic crap coming out of washington these days?
Just as Obama assures us that "during his administration" Americans won't be indefinitely detained under the NDAA, obviously, whoever forced him to sign that law and request that section be placed into it in the first place anticipates it being used in the (near?) future. This person or group obviously is also responsible for the legally questionable practices outlined here and I don't believe for a second that the expected use has anything whatsoever to do with a so-called fantasy "war on terror". Clearly, those responsible for these policies are preparing to violently take over this country and enslave or kill many of its inhabitants. It is the only logical conclusion from their actions.