Originally Posted By: steveg
Well, the risks of today are quite a bit more extreme than when this American Experiment began.

Bill Maher summed it up last Friday: when the Framers of the Constitution limited government intrusion for privacy rights, security considerations did not include nukes. When an entire city can be obliterated in seconds, an archive of metadata for reference to connect the dots and prevent such a thing seems like a national security necessity they might have considered.