Tuesday, March 17, 2009

More of that Change We've Been Hearing About

The Obama administration doesn't believe it should need so much as a search warrant to get cell tower records on American citizens, which can be used to track callers. And after all the (mostly justified) caterwauling about "warrentless wiretaps" during the Bush administration, where's the outrage here? At least the good folks at Wired's Threat Level are still paying attention.

Incidentally, this is a great lesson to conservatives who defended the Bush administration's stance on wiretapping. Any increase in government power &mdash even when wielded for good by an administration you trust &mdash will be inherited by future administrations, for good or for ill. And then they might just go and one-up you in the process.

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