It appears the late Senator's prediction proved prophetic.
V. Phone Tracking Could Prove Key to Future Hunts of "The Deadliest Game"
A final piece of food for thought: consider that the U.S. is pushing hard to create unmanned fully-autonomous armed drones and has refused to sign robotic warfare treaties that would keep a human soldier "in the loop" for any killing decisions. At the same time the U.S. is expanding armed drone use over U.S. soils and AG Holder has stated it may be necessary to kill Americans without warrant in some instances.
Sources: Guardian UK , 
quote: The secret program by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) began in the Presidency of George W. Bush. Empowered by the Oct. 2001 USA PATRIOT (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) Act, the Bush administration repurposed the NSA to its new role of spying on Americans. Specifically the "business records" (50 U.S.C. § 1861) section of the PATRIOT Act gave the feds the ammo to seize these records from the private sector.
quote: Well, if the guy we used to hate did it, I don't see why the guy we currently hate can't do it to.
quote: Common sense does not apply to many people lol.
quote: The best possible case in all possible universes would be to ban political parties,
quote: and thereby requiring voters to actually pay attention to WTF is going on and make an informed decision about each vote they cast.
quote: The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind.
quote: I'm beginning to believe mental illness in this country is becoming more widespread because I keep encountering more and more people like you.
quote: Blanket order allows NSA to collect data on any or all of Verizon's 121 million U.S. subscribers
quote: How do you know who's "investigated" or not ?
quote: You are exaggerating everything.
quote: Be real, investigations do not start because you sent a text or said something in a call. They are started from what they already know and somehow you are connected to it from multiple sources. Then they look at your phone records to get more clues and evidence.
quote: I live in reality
quote: The tin foil hat club is out in full force. You can't argue with those who suffer from paranoid delusions. They even enjoy it I think.
quote: Having been in the Intel field in the Marine Corps for many years myself I have a pretty good idea of what our government agencies are or aren't capable of as well.
quote: You were talking about abuse of power. It's not, it's the same concept as getting a warrant from a judge. People can accept a wire tap or phone record query from a warrant for PDs but they lose their mind when the FBI is asking for the thing. This is the equivalent as the warrant on the federal level. The only difference being the Director instead of a Judge so they cannot call it a warrant.
quote: I'm sorry, why can't they just get a warrant?
quote: The only thing preventing corruption is morals and values.
quote: You were talking about abuse of power.
quote: it's the same concept as getting a warrant from a judge.
quote: Abuse of power is present everywhere including the government.
quote: The only thing preventing corruption is morals and values. Believe in people to do the right thing and hold them accountable. The government may run the country and provide the laws. People forget that they are supposed to supervise the government. Because people are ignorant to their own rights and power, the government became more powerful. If you are afraid of the government then you are a fool. The people made the government in the first place.
quote: Phone records could one day be used to feed information for use in drone killings.
quote: You'd happily wave at Obama from the window of the gas chamber he just stuffed you into.
quote: they dont have time to go through all records, it would take an army of people
quote: What part of they cannot access this data without an order?They cannot get an order without an actual legit investigation requiring that data.They cannot have an investigation without enough evidence to suspect an individual with.
quote: Do you mean cannot or promise not to?
quote: It takes a lot of people, time and resources to investigate one person. How the hell do you think the government can spy on everyone? Even an easy investigation like a secret clearance take 2 months with all information given to them. They FBI and NSA combined cannot even sufficiently spy on .01% of Americans, not to mention 1/3(121mil) of the population.
quote: The real numbers of people that actually got their communications data revealed to the governments are less than .01 of that 121 million.
quote: What liberties are you giving up? What privacy are you losing? The only time is when you are being investigated and they found you suspicious enough.
quote: If your investigation make it that high then you are almost certainly doing something extremely illegal.
quote: And who's to say who is "suspicious"? Obama's IRS considers his political rivals "suspicious" and has targeted them.
quote: Again, speculative rubbish. Evidence suggest small scale abuses frequently occur. A 2007 audit of FISA warrantless information grabs: http://www.justice.gov/oig/special/s0803b/final.pd...
quote: Speculation? please enlighten me on how the FBI or NSA can possibly even investigate or just spy on .1% of the population with their current manpower and resources. It's not a speculation that it's impossible. It is simply not possible unless 1/4 of the country works for the FBI/NSA.
quote: Why can't people focus on the matter at hand? We need more transparency without compromising mission success. For the first time in American history, the government is actually broadcasting what it's doing without giving away classified materials. Yet you are nitpicking on old crap you didn't before.
quote: It has to be signed and approved by the Director or his delegate.
quote: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, the Custodian of Records shall produce to the National Security Agency (NSA) upon service of this Order, and continue production on an ongoing daily basis thereafter for the duration of this Order, unless otherwise ordered by the Court, an electronic copy of the following tangible things: all call detail records or "telephony metadata" created by Verizon for communications (i) between the United States and abroad; or (ii) wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls. ...
quote: Telephony metadata does not include the substantive content of any communication, ... or the name, address, or financial information of a subscriber or customer.
quote: What liberties are you giving up? What privacy are you losing? The only time is when you are being investigated and they found you suspicious enough to warrant the attention of the Director. If your investigation make it that high then you are almost certainly doing something extremely illegal.
quote: People have this crazy fear of the government. The reality is the federal government is more afraid of you.
quote: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Good one.