Standup. Press hands firmly against the wall. Begin banging head;

The National Security Agency (NSA) has conducted much broader surveillance of e-mails and phone calls — all without court orders — than the Bush administration admits and intelligence experts say the spying goes far beyond just monitoring phone and email communications.

We are soooooo lucky to live in one of the most free and greatest country in the world! Uh, wait.

A former technology manager at a major telecommunications firm who, for obvious reasons, asks not to be identified, says companies have been storing information on calling patterns since the Sept. 11 attacks, and giving it to the federal government.

Gee willickers. No wonder they wanted telecomm immunity in the FISA bill.

“We have a police state far beyond anything George Orwell imagined in his book 1984,” says privacy expert Susan Morrissey. “The everyday lives of virtually every American are under scrutiny 24-hours-a-day by the government.”

Stop it now. You are making the Sioux Falls code enforcement department jealous.

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