Majikthise explains that the Bush regime has figured out a way to avoid spying on Americans in some cases. They simply outsource the spying to private companies. Nice loophole.
Majikthise : Outsourcing domestic spying with ChoicePoint
Of course, the FBI isn’t allowed to collect information on individual citizens without due process, but apparently it can just buy it from private companies. The NSA pen-register phone number database tried to exploit a similar loophole–the government can’t put an individual pen register device on your phone without a warrant, but at least according to its toadies, it can get the equivalent data from every customer at your phone company.