Welcome to the "New" Amerika ... Love it or Leave it (they used to say)
Seems Like We Heard This Tune Before (cir. 1975)
The facts are what they - factual. First the Sen. Frank Church flashback quote:
“The National Security Agency's capability at any time could be turned around on the American people. And, no American would have any privacy left. There would be no place to hide. If a Dictator ever took over, the NSA could enable it to impose total tyranny. And, there would be no way to fight back."
Also, in Senator Church's own words, can be seen in this old NBC Meet the Press clip from 1975 (at the 5:45 second mark of this segment)... worth watching and hearing in his own words. Boy, talk about being forward looking and having a very prophetic view on this subject and turmoil.
For those who plead ignorance on the subject, how about this glance back at the NY Times on Christmas Day, 2005 ... So, Big Brother or not, and has he gotten bigger as predicted: Yes and yes. But, is he dangerous to or pose a threat to us as individuals? Or, is he helpful in keeping us safe? That really is the question, isn't it?
I would say not directly dangerous unless anyone of us is tied to or picked up talking to al-Qaeda in some far off place, but more to the point. Dangerous also when someone like Snowden leaks info that say the Chinese of Russians can use to pose a danger... I am more worried about that than NSA using the info for some sort of nefarious plot here at home against innocent folks they happen to have data on ... they are not allowed to use the metadata and if anything is tagged or flagged, the law says they must turn it over to the FBI with court approval for investigation.
If it works that way, I think most Americans would be content... that's why we need the facts as much as possible. A view from my foxhole. So, what's your thoughts?
Stay tuned regardless. This issue is not going anywhere very quickly.