Apparently the NSA was after your phone records before there was a 09-11.
Don't get me wrong, I'm angry that the government pulled this crap in clear violation of several amendments. Angrier still that ATT, with its long track record of skewering customers, jumped right on the wagon. But, Get Real, Sports Fans. It's not like Americans have any real privacy rights in the first place.
All the right lefties, including the ACLU, are up in arms over this but they stifle a yawn when you bring up things like the decades-long deprivation of due process by government agencies like say, the IRS.
For the record, the Patriot Act didn't evolve out of a vacuum. The stage has been set and the scenery arranged for decades. It began with King Roosevelt, escalated with the banking acts and Rico from the 1970's, and has continued unabated to this day, culminating with the Patriot Act.
Think its done? Guess again.
Oh, and that bit of satire about the NSA? It predates the Patriot Act, the ATT/NSA scandal, and 09-11.