|You act like you thought this was your government!|
That includes this blog of course, since Google provides Blogger and Google is named as one of the sources for the National Security Agency.
The White House is parsing madly. They want us not to worry our pretty little heads about the snoops and they'll hold off those scary terrorists. Oh, and we should trust them to obey the law, though they won't tell us what they think the law says. That's "classified," a government synonym for hidden from the citizenry.
I can't pretend I'm surprised. The accessibility of Big Data -- our lives as lived via the internet -- provides an opportunity for surveillance no state has ever had before. But they have it now. They will use it.
Security guru Bruce Schneier explains:
I fear the "benevolence" of those who would "protect" us by rummaging through our desires and hopes far more than I fear distant enemies. I may be wrong in this, but I doubt it.