We learned two things last week:

• Verizon is handing over indiscriminate metadata about a broad swath of calls to the government.
• Several prominent tech companies have built tools to make it easier for them to comply with targeted FISA requests we already knew existed. This program was called "PRISM".

The first of these is extremely concerning. The second, not so much.

Because the "PRISM" story involves big names like Google and Apple, that story is burying the much more concerning phone dragnet story.

It's a tragedy.
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