Actually, it is the days of yore revisited ... and they weren't "the good old days either"!
I understand the need for defense against terrorism, but what some may not appreciate is that there are people like McCarthy in all governments. McCarthy's witch hunts were legendary and ruined the lives of many innocent people. The hunt for the "red devil" was his sole purpose in life. He was a zealot and a despot.
The government is taking absolute power over your communications and absolute power corrupts absolutely! I do not wish to be the harbinger of disaster, but in my opinion, a system such as this will undoubtedly be abused by little tin Gods who lack the ability to know where to draw the line.
For those of us old enough to remember the McCarthy era, this was a very dark period in U.S. history ... and it was not a "proud moment". For those who don't recall or are too young, I suggest you go to the library and read up on both Joseph, Raymond McCarthy, Senator from Wisconsin (1947 to 1957) and John Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI (1924 to 1972) because this is where things are headed ... once again!
These men were very high ranking officials ... responsible for some of the most despicable deeds in history! Hoover kept scores of "secret files" on various politicians which he then used to threaten them should they try to interfere with his "department". Much of this information was collected through illegal wiretaps. He had several Presidents so afraid of him that they were too terrified to fire him! He had far too much power and information.
Do you seriously trust your government that much? I find this all simply amazing!
I suppose everyone believes that this system will be 100% hacker proof! No bad guys will ever be able to use your own system (intended to protect the American people against terrorism) to their own ends ... right?
It is not the intent of this programme I disagree with, it is the potential for harm such a system can inflict on innocent people ... not to mention the potential for the system to be hacked by God knows who and for God knows what purpose!