Indeed, the director of the NSA during Snowden's stint there, Gen. Keith Alexander, reportedly endorsed a method of intelligence gathering in which the agency would collect quite literally all the digital information it was capable of. "Rather than look for a single needle in the haystack, his approach was, 'Let's collect the whole haystack,'" one former senior US intelligence official recently told the Washington Post. "Collect it all, tag it, store it. . . .And whatever it is you want, you go searching for it."
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