May 15, 2006 4:35PM

Mission Creep?

The government says it wants everyone's phone records so that it can thwart acts of terrorism. Said one administration spokeswoman:  "This is terrorist surveillance, not domestic surveillance."

But does anyone really believe that ABCNews reporters are part of an al-Qaeda sleeper cell?

The phone records program may have already morphed into just a criminal investigative tool for the government. If that turns out to be accurate, it is deeply disturbing.