This is something I just said in the comments of another page.
I decided to repost it here as a new page.
First of all, leaks like Snowden are inevitable from a logistical standpoint. Just keeping a surveillance system like this barely chugging along requires too many people to have access. Maybe there are ways to make that happen less often, but its going to happen. This is the Achilles heel of “big brother.”
Second, we don’t know what the NSA is doing. Yes, Greenwald made baseless, sensationalist claims. Each sensationalist claim made by one member of the media or another lately had been debunked by pointing out the “source” was some politician who attended a briefing or something. Even if I assume politicians don’t lie, **snicker** that still means its at best a glorified layman’s secondhand account.
Third, assuming for the sake of argument that the NSA isn’t overstepping its bounds at all, what about the next guy in charge? How are we supposed to trust that the power of such a secretive surveillance system is not being abused nor ever will be?
And fourth, its been over a decade since the terrorist attacks that scared us into accepting such intrusive surveillance. There will always be more terrorism. As a species, we’re just too violent and too frequently fanatical. (otherwise pro-sports would be out of business) Are we to simply accept these old “emergency” powers as permanent? Or will we remember who we’re supposed to be as a nation and let go of the illusion of control? We simply can’t have it both ways.
TL:DR - I spelled out four basic problems I see inherent to any massive domestic surveillance system. And no sir, I ain’t in favor of keeping it.