If you think unconstitutional snooping on the American people is a new phenonium, read Glenn "Kane" Jacobs's history of government surveillance on the American people:
The pattern is clear. The government expands its surveillance powers in response to crises. At first, the limits, targets, and duration of these programs are clearly defined. However, as with all government programs, as time passes these programs expand well beyond their initial objectives. While we all agree that the government should have the tools necessary to protect Americans, we should also recognize that these tools are easily abused and require transparency and tangible safeguards, not merely the promises of politicians.
Historically, Americans have held a skeptical view of government. As James Madison said, “the essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”
Obama, plagued by scandals, pleads for our trust. History, and common sense, tell us that his pleas should fall on deaf ears.