Obama frames this information collection as a normal state of essential operations in a dangerous world, and that we are silly or naive to think otherwise. Clever! I am sure there is a name for this technique; something about defining the context of the argument in order to win it. Choosing the ground on which you battle, right? The trick is he can always say, “I have info you don’t, so you can’t possibly make the arguments you are making. Oh, and I can’t share that info.” It is not that I think there is going to be massive abuse of this database of calls. However, it is certain the potential for problems is massive. Always comes down to who is deciding who is the bad guy, and who gets to oversee that decision.