Just a couple of observations re the debate over the NSA's "data-mining" of phone records: 1. First and foremost, it does NOT violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure. The Supreme Court, in 1979, made clear in a case called Smith v Maryland that phone records are not protected. 2. Your identity and address is not part of the information provided to the NSA, therefore you remain anonymous. All that is being provided is the phone number, duration and the date of already made calls. Conversations are not being monitored.