B U M P
My Government spying on me is unacceptable. Any elected official that supports it will not get my support or vote.
If our Government is above the law, so am I. To the NSA reading this... You REALLY want to go down this road? Think damn hard on that because the unintended consequences are going to be epic for you.
The concept of a “ruling class” is repugnant to all true Americans; so much so that a war was fought over it.
I accept no one as my superior, and damn few as my equal.
I have a feeling a bunch of terrorists planning to detonate a dirty bomb in the middle of Houston or Philadelphia would get minimal attention, as all hands on deck are assigned to look for individuals thinking about planting a bomb in Harry Reid’s shorts or Eric Holder’s BMW.
By analyzing everything, one can avoid the legal pitfall of "profiling" - the data equivalent of going through great-grandma Florence's carry-on bag so you won't look prejudiced by checking anyone else's.
Of course, the larger legal question is whether or not data you freely give away to a third party (a phone company, an ISP, etc.) is really a "paper or effect" that belongs exclusively to you.
I also wonder how important phone calls are. Many people I know communicate either verbally in person or through text apps without ever using a phone company's text service or voice service.
There are plenty of people out there, I'm sure, who use Snapchat and Skype/Facetime/Tango almost exclusively for communication.
I can hear it now..., Rove upon hearing of this says, “What do you mean the Republicans are just like the Democrats?”
He really doesn’t know...
This is truly police-state stuff, and its keepers are proving to be greasy, smooth-tongued functionaries who aren't to be trusted with one's car keys, much less one's life. They are in position, they are staying there by virtue of this power, and they are utterly corrupt.
Under Rome, we were called the Plebeian Class.
No power, no influence, just pay taxes.
A lot of the “foiled” terrorist plots involved the FBI finding some want-to-be kid in a chat room and stringing him along until they could claim he was a real terrorist.
In other words some of these “thwarted plots” were manufactured.