I plan to write more about all the scandals and the recent revelations about "data mining" but I want to point out a major reason why this is way off the rails.
Let's say that I post blogs on my web site vey critical of Obama, which I do often. Let's then say that someone attempts to kill Obama. As a result of this attempt, the FBI gets this "second warrant" to to specifically dig into the phone calls and internet usage of the attempted assassin. So the FBI gets the warrant and begins looking into the suspects internet activity in order to find out if he has any accomplices and they find that the guy has read my blogs on a couple of occaisions and that I have been hyper-critical of the President. Would, could and why wouldn't they then go to judge and ask for a warrant to "spy" on me?
Maybe the judge says that their is no direct link between me and the suspect so he turns them down, but maybe he doesn't. Maybe if they are turned down they put me on some other less intrusive watch list, who knows? Is this paranoid speculation? Who knows? But the very fact that I not only believe that this hypothesis is possible but under certain circumstances likely could cause me to stop excersising my Constitutional Rights to be critical of my government.
But I want you to think about this, if I am now or in the future put on some sort of watch list by my government for what I write here on this blog, you are now on it too. Because they store all of this information for future investigative purposes.
We all are being monitored, not in the future, but now. It just a matter of time until your two degrees of separation from some event catches you in the web.
Have a nice day in the land of the free and the home of the brave.