One of the pervasive rightwing myths is that the government has a giant supercomputer that it uses to monitor all online activities. This is ludicrous and barmy beyond all words. One of those who believes in it is Rod Dreher (to be charitable, he picked it up from a vacuous nutter named Whitehead who was a fellow rightwing stink-tanker in the District). Real intel is expensive as it costs money to hire the people needed to interpret and collate the collected intercepts. The NSA can’t translate and analyse more than a fraction of its ELINT, and that’s not even talking about cybersurveillance. Only the most important targets make the cut, and Dreher doesn’t (nor do I, a rather more minor fish). In any case, the government wastes a good deal of its effort in surveillance on Muslims and Arabs who don’t pose a threat to anyone. To be frank, there’s been no major terrorist incident since 9/11… that proves that there’s no terrorist threat that truly goes bump in the night. There’s no way to guard all the potential targets out there… if there were a real terrorist problem, we’d be dealing with it constantly… and we’re not. It’s just another Republican lie… it’s like “duck and cover” in the 50s… Sov bombers didn’t have the range to strike the continental USA nor did Soviet operational doctrine envisage such (they frowned on one-way suicide missions, unlike the USA). That didn’t deter Republican liars then… the Republicans still lie… only it’s nonexistent terrorists instead of nonexistent Soviet bombers.
Truly, the reason that this lie has tread is that some people think themselves more important than they are… get a life, righties…