This is indeed a scary proposition that there are 30,000 secret warrents issued by the courts that authorize the government to spy on its citizenry every year. The following quotes from the article give it some perspective.
“..Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith writes in a new paper, highlighted by Ars Technica, that the 2006 total outstripped the entire output of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court since it was created in 1979, and the number is probably growing.
The secret orders are authorized by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, known as ECPA. Smith writes that the volume of such cases “is greater than the combined yearly total of all antitrust, employment discrimination, environmental, copyright, patent, trademark and securities cases filed in federal court.”….”
This kind of information is available to our elected leaders that make the laws and for the life of me, I don’t understand why they do not do something.