Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Actually, grinch, they can't, not legally. Certainly they can find ways to do it but they can't use it if it was obtained illegally.
Ron - and grinch - there's a difference between a telephone and the internet. Telephones don't have google, for one thing. There is a lot of unrest and protesting going on right now with regards to Obama's actions to this point. Take the situation of the hundreds of "tea parties", for example. Let's suppose that congress or Obama declares that a possible "insurrection" could be brewing which could be detrimental to the United States. How easy would it be for google to round up people? Jeez, my name could certainly come up just by what I've said against Obama in the Alley. They could google negativity against Obama, come up with a mountain of names, and investigate these people to their heart's content, background checks, IRS audits, you name it, simply by claiming that their actions are in the best interest of the safety of the country. Farfetched, you say? Ok, call me paranoid. Let's see if you call me paranoid in the future. If they don't have any problem with - and make it easy for insurance companies and employers to have your medical records and your family history medical records, why do you think your information - or your livelyhod - would be safe under this new plan? Do you really think this is what the framers of the Constitution had in mind?
Grinch, there's no reason why you have to trust either one. You make it sound like you have to make a choice...you don't. Btw, I'll ask again. You mention that the UK is following similar courses of action. Do those actions include the same points Obama is pushing for? What are they doing?
...and where ARE all the people here who complained about the Patriot Act? No shows. I guess you must be right, Ron.