Despite redactions, the documents confirmed that the government had interpreted the statute in as broad a sense as we were afraid they might, and that the government had repeatedly violated the few limitations that the statute actually imposed. No real surprise there.
However, that is not the point. The real point is that the documents reveal that the government doesn't want you to know whether your internet or phone company is cooperating with their surveillance program not out of concern for national security, but rather for fear we may become upset and file lawsuits asserting our constitutional rights."
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