The colleague who sent this to me added this comment with which I fully agree:
"This is how far we have changed from the Founder's vision of the United States.
The Founders', as the Constitution and Bill of Rights make clear, made a big deal about privacy.
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin (on the title page of An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania - 1759)
How different that is from the Pew and The Washington Post survey which discovered: "A majority of Americans – 56% – say the National Security Agency's (NSA) program tracking the telephone records of millions of Americans is an acceptable way for the government to investigate terrorism..."
Pew Research Center for People and the Press