After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there was widespread support for stepped up security even if it meant stepping on jealously-guarded constitutional protections. Some worried: Would the government take its new powers too far? With recent disclosures, the answer may be– yes. Today's cover story examines, "The Surveillance State."
Pete Hoekstra: They know who you're talking to, they know your communications patterns. So whether you're doing it through social media, or know through emails or through phone calls or these types of things, they know who you're talking to.
Sharyl: Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra is describing the extent of government surveillance.
Pete Hoekstra: We use it to profile people who may be threats to the United States. But at the same time, they can profile you as to the kind of person you are, and the kind of people that you interact with.