CSEC director John Forster recently argued before a Senate committee hearing that collecting metadata isn't tracking anyone.
Of course it isn't. Just as using crack cocaine isn't the same as abusing it. Or saying the buck stops here doesn't mean you, just the place you happen to be standing. And it's bullets, not shooters, who kill people.
We now live in a world where strong leadership means deflecting accountability, fair means biased, transparent is as closed and opaque as possible and "the people" actually means only "my supporters."
When you put self-interest and consumption first, this is what you get.
Ayn Rand would be proud.