Earlier conversation with a neighbor: "Hey Fr. John. Is your phone working?"
"I heard a couple pops and crackles on mine."
"don't worry, its just the NSA, protecting us from terrorists."
"Yeah, that's what I thought also."
Greg Palast reveals what is happening:
Worried about Dick Cheney listening in Sunday on your call to Mom? That ain't nothing. You should be more concerned that they are linking this info to your medical records, your bill purchases and your entire personal profile including, not incidentally, your voting registration. Five years ago, I discovered that ChoicePoint had already gathered 16 billion data files on Americans -- and I know they've expanded their ops at an explosive rate.
They are paid to keep an eye on you -- because the FBI can't. For the government to collect this stuff is against the law unless you're suspected of a crime. (The law in question is the Constitution.) But ChoicePoint can collect if for "commercial" purchases -- and under the Bush Administration's suspect reading of the Patriot Act -- our domestic spying apparatchiks can then BUY the info from ChoicePoint.
Not that I'm worried. I'm still a registered Republican. Hopefully that will throw them off a bit (wait, I might have changed recently. Better check.)
And what's all the fuss? Sounds like they've simply figured out a way to subvert the spirit of the constitution legally! Who Cares? I've got American idol!