Stephens Media columnists are all over Telephonegate. Brummett, as usual, gets to the commonsense part. The government knows who you're talking to. You may not care. He, and we, do.
Yes, it's true that the phone company already has that information. Yes, it's true that privacy anymore is an illusion.
But the phone company doesn't have the power to arrest or suppress. And the phone company is not mentioned in the Fourth Amendment. But the government is.
Doug Thompson is on the case, too. Never mind constitutionality or potential for abuse by a demonstrably corrupt administration. Consider how little practical value the vast data collection has.