Originally Posted by harvey_birdman
I might be wrong. In fact, I probably am.
I don't know what happened in this case, obviously. One way or the other, we can and do agree on the potential for abuse. I can easily imagine a scenario in which we see an overzealous lone investigator/investigators, on a small scale, going to an individual at the phone company and imploring them to turn over the records without a warrant because "lives are on the line." (and I can imagine the SVU episode where Mariska Hargitay is making that call to save a child, saves the day, and then gets a scolding from the captain afterwards, thung thung!) (another side note, MH is looking awfully hard this past season or two.)
Worse, we can imagine someone higher up the food chain bullying the phone company into turning over records as a routine matter of course under vague threats. Witness what's going on now at S&P/Geithner. Not for a minute do I think any administration, but probably this one more than most, is above that.