Appreciate the response and the bigger point you are making. Thanks for the book recommendation, but if you're admitting up front that it's not a page turner, I'm afraid you've lost me. :(
While I'm as anti big government as they come, and couldn't be more disappointed with the general direction this country is headed, let's keep things in prospective, I think we're quite a ways from the actions of Hitler, Sadam Hussein, and Idi Amin. While I appreciate the fact that a lot of folks feel violated that their emails have landed in some government controlled database, I hardly think it's comparable to executing or gassing thousands or tens of thousands of your own citizens and dumping them in a mass grave.
Let's be honest, absolute freedom is absolute anarchy! In any civilized society certain freedoms are sacrificed for the sake of maintaining safety and order.
While I'm not thrilled with the data mining, I'd tend to agree with kathy in that I never had that great of an expectation of privacy. Who on September 12, 2001 would have thought this country could go 12+ years without another significant attack on our soil? If the government scanning my emails is what has made that possible, that's a trade I'm willing to make.
That stance may not sound as noble, righteous, and principled as some on here, but for me it's a simple truth and a no brain-er. For those that would argue that point, I'd ask....How many 911 style attacks are you willing to tolerate and absorb to know your emails and text messages are secure from the government? One every 5 years? Annually? Monthly??? Put a number on it! What body count are you willing to tolerate to shut down the NSA?
While admittedly, our government is FAR FROM PERFECT in how it handles it's business, I find it amazing that folks think that the Manning's and Snowden's of the world, basically, any nerd with a thumb drive, is in a better position and has a right to make the decisions unilaterally on what the public should and shouldn't know. Am I the only one that sees the irony in the fact that Snowden is suppose to be some principled freedom fighter but yet runs to hide in China and Russia....To steal a line from Monday night football, C'Mon MAN!!!