Recent leaks from the Snowden documents have exposed details of the illegal XKEYSCORE collection program. Analysts have noted the targeting of Tor server operators since around 2010. These servers, originally funded partly by our government, are used to help reporters and activists avoid reprisals for authoritarian regimes across the globe. These details indicate I would have qualified for special collection.
Some may protest this would be so clearly illegal that a human analyst would surely override the automated collection. However, even staunch Patriot Act supporter John Ashcroft resigned over the illegality of XKEYSCORE’s predecessor, STELLAR WIND. With the purging of himself and others considered too moderate by the intelligence apparatus, it would be foolish to think the remaining extremists moderated their views.