Dear Mister Gonzales,
You might have the best of intentions to protect us from evil terrorists, but please allow us to make sure the rule of law is followed here. Our founding fathers put czechs and balances in place to prevent any one branch of government or any one person to accumulate excessive power...
Knowledge is power and absolute power corrupts absolutely. If Big Brother Bush is wiretapping political opponents, environmental activists, war protesters, vegans, Muslims, long-haired hippies, Native American casino owners, ACLU members, Communists, Democrats, and others whackos, terrorists or not, without warrant - it is un-warranted. There are better ways to solve the disease of terrorism - alternative energy, education, diplomacy, tough love, due process, and other forms of exemplary behavior and living by the Golden Rule. If we give up our freedoms for security, what are we protecting? I'd rather live in a dangerous free country with guarantees of privacy than in a big cage where our every move is monitored by our holier-than-the-rest-of-us-rulers. I realize we are not at that point yet, but let's not rewrite history and change precedent to make it more of a reality.
If that doesn't make sense to you, then let's just say equal transparency for all and let US, we the people, tap into your conversations whenever we feel like it, without warrants. That would be a form of czechs and balances that I can accept if need be.
Suspicious American Who Calls Relatives in the Czech Republic From Time to Time