Full disclose here, I'm a security professional. I personally see a capability within these slides that the US needs to have and would be scared if we didn't. For me I have no expectation of privacy when on the Internet. The protocols were not designed for privacy they were designed for availability. All the meta data is in clear text all the connections are in clear text. Yes we can encrypt our payload but it's very difficult to mask were we are going. Even with a VPN it has to terminate somewhere and the traffic from that termination point would be available to be snooped. As almost all communication moves to the Internet how does a government with limited human resources investigate potential threats? Are we satisfied with after the fact response from our government? If this was in place and it stopped 9/11 would we be grateful for all the lives it has saved? Over 300 terrorists captured. It only took a handful to pull off 9/11. Does the government care if I look at something a little strange. Maybe, I'll be flagged and then an analyst will look into my traffic and see that there is nothing of major concern, move on to next suspicious activity. I ask slashdotter's what is the best way for a government to find threats to it's citizens in this digital age? Should the Internet be hands off for our government?