Barry, My Liege:
The NSA collects and saves every telephone call and email made by every United States citizen and does so without a warrant and in direct violation of the US Constitution.
The operation is called TRAPWIRE, and you can read about it here :
HERE'S WHERE THE SUPREMES PASS THE BUCK: http://libertycrier.com/u-s-constitution/supreme-court-lets-stand-telecom-immunity-in-wiretap-case/
And here :
The people who reported this have been deemed 'enemies of the state'. These American heroes are William Binney, Kirk Wiebe and Thomas Drake.
See a video of their discussion here: http://current.com/shows/viewpoint/videos/nsa-whistleblowers-warn-of-secret-spying-programs-that-can-target-anyone/
The 'data' remains available for any law enforcement official to request at any time in the future. That is the purpose of the Colorado data center - to warehouse our calls and emails so they will be available in case we become an 'enemy of the state' someday.
England is proposing the same thing: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/18/uk-surveillance-law_n_1527145.html
Your faithful servant,