The pandora's box which Edward Snowden's leaks began to open has now lead to further revelations about how the NSA has been spying on Americans. Al Jazeera reported on Sept. 28, 2013, "Report: NSA tracking Americans' social connections." Newly released documents which were originally obtained by Edward Snowden show that since 2010 the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has used phone and Internet data to create webs of information about the social connections of Americans.
According to sources, by analyzing huge amounts of email and phone data, the NSA can pinpoint whom a person travels with, as well as an individual’s location at a given time, along with a great deal of other information. The data analysis first began after the overturning of a policy directive which had prevented the NSA from tracking U.S. citizens.
The NSA is now allowed to track Americans, as long as the NSA believes they are associated in some way to a person or organization of interest overseas. The New York Times has reported, "N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens." According to several documents, if the N.S.A. does not immediately use the phone and e-mail logging data of an American, it can be stored for use at a later time.
Also, the NSA can augment the communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, which includes bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information along with property and tax data. So remember, you are probably in touch with reality and not paranoid if you think Uncle Sam is watching everything you are doing and saying.