I have great concerns with the approval by Congress of the covert collection of the private telephone numbers of people I talk to, the email addresses of people I correspond with and my Facebook information. It is amazing that anyone would think it is OK to invade my privacy in any way without "probable cause" or "due process."
The fact that the Patriot Act allows this type of intrusion does not make it moral, and it shouldn't be "legal." There was a time when it was legal to own slaves. It was once legal to discriminate against people because of their color, age, religion, gender and more. It was once legal to put thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry in concentration camps all for the good of the nation.
The president and many in Congress defend this practice because it serves a "higher good." I disagree.