I hesitate to even call 911 because they always want my details and make me a part of the case. If later a cop thinks for some reason I was a negative part of the situation, they mark that on my file and it affects my future employment opportunities thanks to police databases in Canada like PRIME.
I sincerely doubt it's as simple as scanning individual emails and delivering ads based on that. Knowing Google, they probably use the data to develop an overarching profile to deliver adds to you account. Cross-reference that with the profiles of those you contact, and you've got an extensive background.
NSA: It's too hard to collect foreign data without catching Americans in our net.
FISA: Ok fine. You can collect everything, but just delete the American data.
NSA: But now we have all this American data that we want. There is no sense in pretending it's not there.
FISA: I suppose. Just don't abuse it!
NSA: No promises.
Re: Yeah my wife the teacher was and maybe still is on the list.
"No clue but she was just out of college at a small south Georgia college and had done nothing political (or 7 years later done nothing political) to warrant that."
It's statements like these that really scare me. How can anyone argue the US is not a police state? I'm not criticizing you personally, but this widely accepted mentality that engaging in political discourse or action can (and apparently does) end with you losing personal liberties should be all the evidence you need of the effects of the current police state.
I'm not understanding how calling flying a convenience helps their case. So what?
A free society shouldn't be allowed to prevent citizens from buying diamond rings without some sort of due process, and that is clearly a luxury item. This is kind of a defining quality of freedom, that you can do whatever you want so long as it doesn't impinge on the freedom of others. Such freedoms can be removed only for good reason and with due process.
That whole "due process" thing is more or less the key part that separates the free from the oppressed...