Yeah, this is completely bad. I have a lot of sympathy for the needs of law enforcement, but civil liberties exist to protect people from excessive intrusion by the government. The needs of law enforcement should almost never - except in the most extreme and obvious circumstances - outweigh the rights of the individual.
I'll be writing Senator Grassley, who serves on the Judiciary committee, today to urge a vote against this.
Update: Email sent to Sen. Grassley. Why knows, maybe this time it will get a response beyond a lame, condescending form email.