Looked a little more closely at some of the available information, which is not much at this point, but I think the Feebs did not ask for the IPs of the persons making the searches. That shows some modicum of common sense. However, I am not at all assured by that fact alone. My "inner-Libertarian" is really not amused by this.
What is to stop them from asking for the IPs?
Truth be known, there probably is no legal protection here. As asked in reference to the NSA surveillances, what expectation of privacy does anyone have on the internet? If you have a lick of sense, not much.
But that is not the issue. Just because the government can do something does not mean they should do something. Some things are just a violation of our values and ways of doing things. Should I not be able to do a search without thinking the government is, or might be, watching?
They could do this, data mine as it were, just in the hopes that they might find someone doing something wrong without having had a hint that person was doing something wrong before they snooped.
Folks, that bothers me. That bothers me a lot. And that they do this in the name of "protecting children" only makes it all the more reprehensible.
Patriotism used to be the last refuge of the scoundrel.
Bringing the War on Terror to the center of the politically dysfunctional Muslim world is absolutely key to obtaining the long term victory Americans expect and the world deserves.