"if production of the information were to wait until the specific identifier connected to an international terrorist group were determined, most of the historical connections (the entire purpose of this authorization) would be lost"
Well yes, you don't to go back in time and find out what someone you just met today did last year.
And even this is ridiculous since the phone companies keep records for a significant amount of time themselves.
Wish I could start a phone company that expressly DIDN'T log anything. It certainly 'could' to comply with legal requests, but by default nothing is logged. sigh.
You do realize that if we'd simply left the Clinton tax rates in place the 'debt', not the deficit would have been paid off by now right?
Obviously deciding to fight a massive world wide war plus the costs of data centers in Utah and everywhere else the NSA lives would impact that some. However, it's a far cry from CUTTING taxes while at the same time massively increasing spending which is exactly what Bush Jr. did. Fiscal conservative my ass.
I do admit there will be an increase in accidents - due to lack of training and inconsistent implementation.
Look at the costs of a t-bone collision versus a relatively low mph rear end and the savings are obvious.
The 'conflict of interest' goes away when it's run by the local gov't or are you saying there's a conflict of interest in cops doing their jobs too?
Initial rollouts of these systems had built in conflict of interests, i.e. the contractor getting paid 'per ticket'. Most of that has been fixed as it's been brought to light. It *should* be a fairly flat fee to change out the film based on hours worked rather than anything to do with tickets issued/rejected etc.
carrier and ISP are equal entities (and in a lot of cases, the exact same company!)
Third party means anybody but you or the government. So even if you're communicating directly with another person, while it's on the wire or frequency, it's 3rd party data. (Yes I know not the content - though that's likely to be made public me thinks - just the meta data about your communications)