I Can’t Talk Now. This Line is Being Watched.
President Bush says the government is “not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans” with a reported program to create a massive database of U.S. phone calls. USA Today reports the government has been secretly collecting records of ordinary Americans’ phone calls in an effort to build a database of every call made within the country.
Just out of curiosity, if you create a database that includes information about every phone call I make, and are using that to “analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity,” how are you not mining and trolling my personal life? Because, you know, now the government knows who I call and when and for how long. Seems like pertinent personal information to me. I’m guessing lots of folks who don’t particularly like the idea of the NSA knowing who they call and when will feel the same way. I think there’s a nice bipartisan core of people who don’t want some NSA flunky standing over them with a stopwatch every time they pick up a phone.
Prediction #1: Bush’s popularity drops below 30% in the next week in at least one major nationwide poll.
Prediction #2: If the Democrats take the Congress in November, expect a lot of new privacy laws.