I don't have a problem with "professionals," except when they become full of themselves and act like little gods. That's the whole purpose behind these clandestine information gathering plots -- getting the secret, inside information on people in order to gain advantage over them and control them. It doesn't stop with "preventing terrorism" -- it becomes an irresistible objective to seek out and leak information damaging to ones enemies (while, of course, securing oneself). I will never trust in the government to protect me. Such a mentality invites and compels servitude. On our coins the motto still appears, "In God we trust." That's not a blanket excuse for foolishness, but therein lies the balance between security and freedom, not a police state apparatus of spying on our every word and deed. Such intrusive oversight will only lead to godless statism and oppression of all who oppose it. Anyone who believes that such spying is benevolent or even benign is foolish. Can anyone name just one government program that is efficient and not rife with corruption? No. Why would you think this will be different? Is Snowden a hero or a traitor? I wouldn't call him either, but I'm thankful for his disclosure -- it may slow down the head long plunge of our government into despotism and wake up a few individuals brave enough to resist it.
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