I do not want to give up any freedoms, but I recognize the need to gather data about suspicious people and in that process, some people who have done nothing or would ever do anything to harm this country get caught within the web.
The government is not listening to my phone calls. It is watching the places I call. If I dial an area code constantly that is the location of a large terrorist cell, they may want to look closer and even talk to me. I have nothing to hide.
I a tried of the 1984 analogies. we do not have cameras in our houses watching our every move. We are free to chose our friends and spouses. We are all not wearing the same uniform and the government is not assigning us with specific tasks.
Has the government gone too far in some cases--yes, without question.
Has this happened during the past, yes, without question.
Will the situation be corrected, yes, but it will take time, as new threats are always popping up.
I wrote a Hub about this, but the HP people accused me of using duplicated material, which was documented quotes from the History Channel, which I have since rewritten. It is now waiting for approval from the administrator to be published. The hub talks about other times throughout our history where our rights were violated but shows how we survived.