People actually seem to believe that the government is somehow going to monitor, and even worse, actually listen in on every phone call, text message, and internet communication by every American! The amount of data to do this is far more than every one of the some 10 million employees of the federal government could ever do in the average lifetime of all such employees put together!!
Can you even begin to imagine what having the job of listening in to the giggly conversations and texts of millions of American teenagers would be like? You would either go stark raving mad, or die of boredom, take your pick!!
For this once at least, I have to take what has been all along a relatively conservative opinion, that if you are an average law abiding American citizen you have nothing to fear from your government. And that was either under the GW Bush administration, or under the current president Obama administration. Heck, even if you were plotting some form of criminal activity, it is highly unlikely that the federal government is going to know about it. Besides which, when you talk on your cell phone, those signals already go through satellites that are indeed capable of retaining just about every conversation you have ever had. But just who is going to listen in and monitor those terabytes of information that go through such systems every single day!! This is not a constitutional thing people, it is a gigantic data analysis thing! So for heavens sake, lighten up, big brother is not going to be listening as you order your thick crust pizza from your local pizza parlor!