Well thanks for pointing out that, yet again, unsettling fact.
Is there anything else that might need to be pointed out here, on this site, seen by millions, on a background that radiates like the very sun's surface?
I think your speaking about the manipulation and corruption that could and no doubt does exist(at least on some level) within the largest communications monitoring organization within the US and perhaps the world. With a network of satellites that monitor and collect data spread across the entire globe, they, the NSA, is the first line of defense protecting the USA against enemies that would attack and make war with us. Enemies that can and do posses certain amounts of capability themselves concerning supercomputing data processing. Imo, any where you look in everyday life there is corruption and manipulation; from the local to federal level...and why stop there - international organizations. The more money, power, control there is the more there is attempt to acquire it using furtive and nefarious methods.
All that being said, I agree wholeheartedly that every effort should be made to ensure the NSA complies with every rule and guideline issued by Congress in protection of American citizens against spying overreach. But, we simply cannot ask them to perform their job to the fullest potential if they are not allowed to collect every pertinent bit of information. And right there is the tradeoff; how much freedom are we willing to give up to be content that they are indeed performing their job to the fullest potential. With tech advancing like it is, the future is more of the same - google earth, google glasses, 3-D printing. With private business and people having that kind of innovation, what you suppose the govt. got in the oven; and that goes for other govts. large enough to invest in that kind of research? It's a global race to the planet destroying weapon aint it
They already have the technology, they're just asking for permission to use it and, if you refuse that, you are in effect tying their hands and putting them at a disadvantage against the security agencies of other countries. Somebody has to be the biggest and the best; I'm just glad their on our side.
But, as ever, I could be
"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." - James Madison