From the Captain's Quarters:
The issue of Internet monitoring has some in the US uncomfortable about breaches of privacy. However, the terrorists use that as a decentralized communication method, and a willful refusal to investigate these communications is sheer folly, as this raid attests. Should the Canadians have eschewed their investigation — and waited until this group killed hundreds or thousands of people before knowing anything about them? The Internet is not a private network, as some could argue the phone systems provide. Communications are not point-to-point but broadcast, and the expectation of privacy in Internet communications should have disappeared long ago.
There are still people out there screaming about how invasive it is to have the NSA or any Nation's version of the NSA spy on its own citizens. First off, I suppose I would ask you how long you feel like living.
Here in the US, there is no right to privacy. It is not enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Anyone who claims that there is a right to privacy clearly has not read the Bill of Rights, or has not read it closely enough.
Secondly, how do you build a case to monitor someone's telecommunications or electronic signals (Signal Intelligence, or SIG-INT) when you can change your email address, your phone number, your IP, and your screen name more often than some people shower?
In an era of disposable "pre-paid" cell phones you can have any number of phone numbers at your fingertips. You can use Internet Cafe's or Wi-Fi hotspots to access the internet. You can change your screen name at your whimsy. You can use as many; Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo mail addresses as you can remember passwords for. There are programs that can change your IP to appear to be from somewhere else.