Some people hate our way of life, and we must guard ourselves against them.
Tracking phone records, and even selectively listening to phone calls to certain
numbers is an unavoidable necessity. It is how we rid ourselves of gangsters
after prohibition, and it is how we must try to protect ourselves today. We were
surprised at Pearl Harbor, and again in New York City. Modern weapons are
so powerful, we must not be surprised again.
Tracking phone records seems to be a very low tech and inefficient way to investigate terrorism. Modern technology seems to have moved so far past this that I would think there would be many other more effective avenues to investigate terrorism and terrorist threats. The government invests so much money in technology it should be able to find and implement a much better strategy.