American government agencies – state, local, and federal -- made a record 13,753 requests to read emails or gather other information sent through Google’s Gmail and other services in 2012, more than half without warrants, according to statistics released by Google.This is War On Terror activity, of course. After all, this is all the fruit of the PATRIOT Act, enacted in haste in the days following 9/11. Got to keep Harry and Harriet Homeowner safe, don't ya know.
The total number of users about whom government agencies wanted information also set a record at 31,072, up from 23,300 in 2011, the first year Google began reporting the data. The discrepancy comes because government agencies request information on multiple users or accounts at the same time.
I had not realized that there were 31,072 domestic terrorists in this fair land. That's quite a shocking indictment of my fellow citizens. Fortunately for me and mine, the Fed.Gov doesn't need to bother with that whole "warrant" and "probably cause" nonsense for half of these. A waste of resources better spent protecting the population, really.
And those of you who suspect that almost none of these are actual, you know, terrorists - and that the investigations are for drug dealing, unpaid parking tickets, and attendance at a NRA meeting - well, you're just as nasty and suspicious as I am.