Originally Posted by Tek_Freek
Who cares? If you do, get a grip. There are a lot of people freaking out over a non-issue as far as I'm concerned. Unless you are doing illegal activities the feds don't give a damn about you or your life.
You are not aware of how much our quality of life depends upon investigative reporters, whistle-blowers, activists, and other people who publicize information that powerful people would like to be kept hidden.
You are also not aware of how important it is that technology companies that are innovative and doing good work stay in business, and not have their trade secrets stolen by criminal enterprises. When the honest companies are out of business, and only the criminals are left, our quality of life will also deteriorate.
The point about being able to listen in and monitor anyone's phone calls is not to necessarily monitor the activities of the peons, it is to stop embarrassing leaks, engage in industrial espionage, or blackmain decision-makers.
These are all things that will severely impact all of us.
*You* should get a grip.