|Artist's conception of a Frenchman upon|
realizing that he might be a terrorist.
To get an idea of just how grand a scale that the electronic voyeurs in the NSA, etc., have been operating on, consider the following:
According to a story appearing in the October 21 edition of the Guardian, the French daily Le Monde reported that, "more than 70m French phone calls had been recorded in one 30-day period late last year" by the American intelligence services.
But it's not until we put the 70 million recorded calls into context that we get an idea of how extensive the surveillance truly is.
According to the CIA's World Factbook, there are only 65.9 million people in all of France.
Naturally, we have to exclude the people who don't have phones, which would be roughly equivalent to the French population between ages 0 and 14, who, according to the World Factbook, make up 18.7 percent of the population, or about 12.3 million. Thus in a month the NSA recorded 70 million phone calls out of a population of some 53.6 million phone users!
There must be a lot of terrorists in France, evidently.
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