The United States was created in part to explicitly reject the abuses of King George. One of those abuses, so-called “general warrants,” allowed police to search homes and businesses without evidence of a crime. The broad collection of Americans’ phone records, e-mail correspondence and purchase records has largely occurred without suspicion of criminal activity. Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, comments on the redefinition of privacy by the National Security Agency.
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