You just used some of my ideas Jeffrey!
Sorry to be a grammar nazi, but it's AFFECT not EFFECT! RAWRASAURUS!
... and phone tapping is an entirely different matter. I for one do say it's alright so long as it's working.
Terrorist threat averted > big brother listening to my phone sex convos
If you're going to rob me of my privacy, do it for a reason like this.
Same goes for those airport body scans (as long as it actually doesn't physically harm me). You can't win either way. We get attacked, security gets blamed. We up the security, people complain about invasion of privacy.
Uh oh, did I just start another potential debate topic?