Right and I agree with you completely. however, the problem is this: the same people who would ultimately use this for whatever reason, are also the people who will be deciding what is probable cause and what is reasonable. If this whole thing saved the lives of 1, 2, 3000, or even more people and prevented a terrorist attack or stopped a cyber-criminal from stealing the credit information of millions, would it not then be justified? Or do you believe that this is some sort of other type of scam from the government to prevent crime? Metadata doesn't include any details of anything that has been done, strictly numbers, data session initiation times and end times, SMS records of the same numbers texted or texts received. My curiosity peaks at the true nature of this.