Well, I think we have an answer. The government has no interest in keeping anyone's email safe, especially after an arbitrary 180-day period has elapsed. Instead, it has developed a very strong interest in making the details of our email, chats, social-media posts, phone conversations, and credit-card statements available to anyone in government who might have a passing interest in their contents, all to support some vaguely outlined notion of "keeping us safe."
This is wrong.
1. I hadn't bought my plane ticket yet (I'd apparently been planning all along to buy it the day of),
2. I hadn't packed yet,
3. I wasn't even sure I had enough money in my bank account to pay for the ticket,
4. I don't speak German, and
5. We were just leaving to drive to the airport (on completely iced-over roads) as of 9:30 a.m., when we already should've been at the airport by then. The flight's departure time was 11 a.m.