Re: AT&T has long history of this
You are pretty trusting soul of your government, I hope you are right. Hitler thought he was doing the best thing for Germany, regardless of what it morphed into.
The problem with your idea that anything is fair game to catch "bad guys", not all of us agree what is bad. I don't gamble at all but don't agree gambling should be a crime. Exactly who is the victim in that exercise? Bookies were just trying to make living in a non violent way (versus sticking you up and taking your money).
That's the problem I see with your lack of respect of due process, many things that are "illegal" today shouldn't be in a lot of people's eyes. We can all agree a suicide bomber should be stopped, regardless of his motivation. That's an easy definition of terrorist. What about environmental activists, socialists, atheists, etc? Throw the "terrorist" tag on them and then they are fair game? Hassad calls his opposition in Syria terrorists. You OK with using spy satellites to catch people smoking weed in their backyard? What if government decides alcohol is just too much trouble and now you can't legally drink your favorite beer anymore? Still OK with Big Brother doing whatever the hell they want to catch "criminals"?
That's the problem I have with your position. And of all your posts I've read, probably first time I've ever disagreed with your observations, you are a pretty sharp guy.
One note on your gun comment. Those of you make that comment easily, ignoring the effect of what being legal means to price. If guns were illegal/controlled, sure organized crime could still get them. But the mafia isn't the ones walzing into schools and blowing away kids. Insane, unemployed morons who have been doing this stuff would not be able to afford an arsenal, probably not a single gun. Guns are not easy to smuggle like drugs, black market prices would be astronomical.
And I love the argument owning a gun protects against government turning against the people. Good luck with that when you have a gun and they have a drone. And systems that track your conversations and whereabouts at all times.