So all based on a handful of rather unremarkable emails sent to a woman fortunate enough to have a friend at the FBI, the FBI traced all of Broadwell’s physical locations, learned of all the accounts she uses, ended up reading all of her emails, investigated the identity of her anonymous lover (who turned out to be Petraeus), and then possibly read his emails as well. They dug around in all of this without any evidence of any real crime - at most, they had a case of “cyber-harassment” more benign than what regularly appears in my email inbox and that of countless of other people - and, in large part, without the need for any warrant from a court.

If you are interested in the Petraeus scandal (and who isn’t?!), I highly recommend you read this piece over at the Guardian regarding our surveillance state.  Actually, you don’t have to be interested in the Petraeus scandal (although it gets weirder every day), but if you are at all interested in the insanity of post-9/11 law enforcement powers, read up!

Mind-boggling fact in the article: “Every day, collection systems at the National Security Agency intercept and store 1.7 billion e-mails, phone calls and other types of communications.” So, basically, your dick pics are stored in NSA archives until such time as they are needed.

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