Senator Biden in 2006: We should not collect data on Citizens Phone Calls – Could we have one reporter covering the Vice-President to remind Biden of flip-flop on monitoring and storing metadata on Citizens phone calls?
In the wake of revelations that the Obama administration is tracking virtually every single phone call of every single American, the administration has trotted out an unsurprising defense: we’re not listening to your phone calls, just snatching the metadata!
What is metadata? My colleagues Ben Wizner and Jay Stanley explained it well in this op-ed.
But don’t take our word on how sensitive metadata is. Here’s then–Senator Joe Biden, in a clip featured on The Daily Show Monday night, criticizing a similar call record-collection program revealed in 2006 under the Bush administration, and explaining how studying your call habits can be “very, very intrusive”