Is all of this really necessary? Could the money be better spent rebuilding some innercity school or something? Or better yet, why doesn't the FBI simply pay us all if we agree to record our conversations and then turn them in at the end of each month. That way we can do away with the middleman.
ABC: A proposed new FBI program would skirt federal laws by paying private companies to hold millions of phone and Internet records which the bureau is barred from keeping itself, experts say.
The $5 million project would apparently pay private firms to store at least two years' worth of telephone and Internet activity by millions of Americans, few of whom would ever be considered a suspect in any terrorism, intelligence or criminal matter.
The project would involve "the development of data storage and retrieval systems...for at least two years' worth of network calling records," according to an unclassified budget document posted to the FBI's Web site. The FBI did not respond to requests for comment for this story.