the Washington Post which alleges that the FBI "illegally collected more than 2,000 US telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records." the report continues:
"E-mails obtained by The Washington Post detail how counterterrorism officials inside FBI headquarters did not follow their own procedures that were put in place to protect civil liberties. The stream of urgent requests for phone records also overwhelmed the FBI communications analysis unit with work that ultimately was not connected to imminent threats. ... FBI officials told The Post that their own review has found that about half of the 4,400 toll records collected in emergency situations or with after-the-fact approvals were done in technical violation of the law. The searches involved only records of calls and not the content of the calls. In some cases, agents broadened their searches to gather numbers two and three degrees of separation from the original request, documents show.
about the FBI; they have always broken the law in very deliberate ways. Go read about the FBI's COINTELPRO operations.
You can watch this documentary: COINTELPRO: The FBI's war on black America [google.com]
by all means read this Church Committee Report [icdc.com] on how the FBI illegally spied on Martin Luther King Jr. for years, using the Communist scare to justify their actions. there is a myriad of legitimate reasons why people shouldn't trust their government and it has nothing to do with conspiracies or tinfoil hats. this country was founded on the principle of treating government actions with a large dose of skepticism and the freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.