Any American who loves their country and distrusts the government should
be irate at this. As the Washington Post reports, between 2002 and 2006 the FBI illegally collected over 2,000 U.S. phone records either by falsifying terror alert levels, or simply persuading phone companies to comply.
The fact that the FBI flagrantly ignored laws set in place to justify the balance of government and protect our civil rights, and there are still people out there who say, “I can live with that.” Or, “I can live without some rights,” is beyond me.
I find impossible to believe that the good ol’ boy President George W. Bush was completely ignorant of this. The fact that people still believe that he was one of the best presidents in recent memory need to pull there heads out of the sand and need to wake up. FBI general counsel Valeri Caproni had this to say:
We should have stopped those requests from being made that way.
The after-the-fact approvals were a “good-hearted but not well-thought-out” solution to put phone carriers at ease, she said (taken directly from the source). She would later add:
What this turned out to be was a self-inflicted wound.
I stand by original conviction that under no circumstance does anything justify government snooping, or any kind of subversion of our Constitutional and civil rights. America can be protected just as well by a strict following of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.