I find it interesting not only how so many people quickly forget how this type of survellience has been going on since 9/11 AND how easily the 9/11 highjackers and terrlorist since have used cell phones to plot their schemes and coordinate their attacks. Moreover, this survellince activity isn't as invasive as the warrantless wiretaps that were originally called for under the Patriot Act.
You can't have it both ways. You can't ask that the gov't take preventive measures to catch the bad guys where they hide - right under our noses in plain sight using our communications networks against us - then complain when a bombing like what took place at the Boston Marathon happens yet whine that our gov't and local law enforcement didn't do enough to stop it. It just doesn't work like that. So pick a side: civil liberty w/the constant threat of terror at you r doorstep or lose alittle bit of privacy to keep America safe?
Pick a side. And let's not quote Ben Franklin on the issue of liberty and security. I seriouly doubt he would have invisioned such acts of terrorism happening on US soil.