Is there any surprise here? And the argument here is that we might stop something horrible from happening. There’s that old quote that rings true more each day… “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”. Whatever happend to the 4th Amendment? “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

“Consequently, the FBI needs near real time access to a full range of social media exchanges in order to obtain the most current information available in furtherance of its law enforcement and intelligence missions.”