revrendjim: Law enforcement has had the ability to tap your phone for as long as telephones have existed. To read some of the hysterical comments here you would think that no one knew this before Snowden's big reveal. Even worse, people seem to be assuming that because they can tap your phone, then they must be listening to everybody's phone calls, even though that is mathematically impossible (virtually the entire population would have to be employed in the sole task of listening to each other's phone calls).Do you make phone calls to known Al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen or Pakistan? If so, there is a good chance that the government is listening to your phone calls. This is a good thing. I want them to do that. Apparently many of the posters here see this as an egregious violation of the terrorist's constitutional rights and want the government to respect their privacy. You are entitled to your opinion, but then don't complain when the government fails to stop the next terrorist attack.This business of collecting meta-data is a separate issue, and I don't know if that is justifiable. Eventually the courts will have to decide if that type of information has fourth amendment protection. But keep in mind, that is the same kind of information your email provider has been selling to marketers for years.
imontheinternet: Verizon is far and away the worst telecommunications company. They charge people like they have a monopoly when they have about a dozen competitors. It's a wonder anybody stays with them.
loser0: How about we cut out the middleman, and I pay Verizon directly to NOT let anyone wiretap me?
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