With the tremendous explosion of information technology, the intelligence community lost control of the haystack. The ability of human actors to generate information, and to store it, hide it and route it, far exceeded our predictive and proactive analytics. So, collect everything until we figure out what to do with it. Even mighty NSA's capacity was overtaxed. So, outsource. Hire subcontractors. More and more intelligence and raw information left the secure bosom of the puzzle palace and ended up in places like Hawaii, being handled by guys like Edward Snowden. What could possibly go wrong?