Stop archiving emails, tweets and cell phone calls.
There was a short News story touting the advantages of saving emails. Sorry I couldn’t find anything about this except what I heard and saw on the News. Someone named Headly – I didn’t get a first name and only heard the last name so the spelling is probably wrong. The NSA suspected Headly of masterminding a terrorist attack, so they went back through his emails prior to the attack and came up with this line on one of his many emails. The line was –
“All I would need was a hand gun.”
Remember, this is an email PRIOR to the attack. That line, “All I would need was a hand gun.” Is in the past tense. I’ve written two memoirs and I can tell you the past tense is used when something has already happened. That line had to have been added into the email, probably as proof that keeping civilian’s emails is a good thing. It’s too bad the person planting the evidence doesn’t know how to conjugate verbs.
The line should read either (1.) “All I will need is a hand gun.” Or, possibly if you want to use the verb would, (2.) “All I would need will be a hand gun.” Or (3.) “All I would need is a hand gun.” I vote for 1.
Was is not in the mix. Was is past tense. Nice try convincing us.
The problem with keeping everyone’s emails, tweets, phone calls, etc. is not just the expense, wasted time, acres of environmentally-unfriendly, room-sized servers, and invasion of privacy; but it’s that the criminals, like the people who held me prisoner, can access all that information and use it anyway they want. That’s the real problem! And now we know they can alter archived emails, doesn’t that render the argument to archive emails useless? Just stop the practice.
There’s plenty of terrorism in this country to concentrate on, start with cops declaring open season on young black men. Now that’s terrifying.