I would say that the breakdown, analysis, and conclusions being discussed around this story are nearly as important as the story itself.
The fact is, people need help connecting these dots before the “lightbulb moments” happen. They need to see that “just metadata” is being used to take innocent lives as equally and indiscriminately as those who may (or may not, we have little proof and there has been no trial) be guilty. And, it is not only non-Americans but also Americans who have been identified (but, once again, not tried or prosecuted) as enemy-combatants.
So then, why are they so busy collecting “just metadata” of every American here? What does that provide them? Well, here is evidence of one thing it provides them that they have proven to use elsewhere and consider very effective — they can kill you without trial or hard evidence simply based on having the wrong “just metadata”.