This is modern america, where simple errors creating a violation of the government's near endless list of laws carry life changing punishments. Americans wanted it this way. They wanted to give government tools to punish bad people. They believed they would never be the target. They believed they could trust the government and the cops to never use these powers on good people.
People were warned. They called those who warned them 'paranoid' and worse. Laws are only enforced on bad people they said. Well in modern america everyone who isn't a government employee is by default a bad person. Oh well.
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