Because they are the government and we should just trust them, and give them more and more power. It’s for NATIONAL SECURITY. And the children. Or something. U.S. government reveals breadth of requests for Internet records – Yahoo News Canada
National security letters have been available as a law enforcement tool since the 1970s, but their frequency and breadth expanded dramatically under the USA Patriot Act, which was passed shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. They are almost always accompanied by an open-ended gag order barring companies from disclosing the contents of the demand for customer data.
A federal court ruled earlier this year that the gag on Merrill’s NSL should be lifted.
Merrill’s challenge also disclosed that the FBI may use NSLs to gain IP addresses on everyone a suspect has corresponded with and cell-site location information. The FBI said in the court filings it no longer used NSLs for location information.
Because our government has never done anything wrong. Like having the IRS harass people the administration doesn’t like. Or ignore the civil rights of minority religions. Or anything like that.