Would the NSA then be keeping an eye on your aunt’s book club members, who, after all, are connected, at least peripherally, to the possible bad actor?
Everyone knows someone who knows someone else. String it out far enough, and we are all connected in some way.
This doesn’t make everyone, every citizen, someone to keep an eye on.
The great American experiment in democracy — a government of, by, for the people — cannot function if an entire secret apparatus of that government views and treats all the citizens — and everyone they are connected with — as potential enemies.
-- The Republican of Springfield