Jack Kenny knocks this one out of the ballbark:
[T]his is the government that paid scant attention to a report, reaching the president’s desk barely a month before the 9-11 attacks, that Al-Qaeda was planning a major attack in the United States. Now it is protecting us from terrorism by scrutinizing the calling records of some 224 million conventional and cellular phone customers. The Bush administration’s idea of how to find a needle in a haystack is to order more hay.
That’s the crux of what’s wrong with the government. We’ve been rewarding failure after failure with even more trust and loss of liberties and privacy. We just keep pouring more confidence in the federal government every time they fuck something up. Can you imagine having to pay your phone company more and more every time a telephone pole fell down during a storm?