Is NSA data mining legal stupid?

Defense Tech harvests the salient blockquotes. The Tribune excerpt about the project’s methodology makes it sound like the intel equivalent of the Bible Code, but note the Reynoldsian point in Newsweek about Big Brother maybe not relying enough on Little Brothers.

INDC Bill thinks the program could help if it’s used to pursue leads, not to generate them. Click and follow along as he and guest-blogger Dorkafork get into it over the slippery-slope potential and today’s ABC News report alleging government monitoring of journalists’ phone calls. Bill is underwhelmed; Jonah Goldberg makes an easy prediction.

Mystery Pollster sorts through the conflicting polls published this past week and concludes that the public mildly disapproves of the project.

Update: Taranto’s poll-dancing as well.