"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the places to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
This is the 4th amendment of the constitution.
This is specifically set in place to keep the government from infringing upon our rights, and invading our lives.
Collecting anonymous data and funneling it through filters to search for "terrorists" is utterly unacceptable. Especially since the entities involved knew they had to do it in secret, and violated the trust of the companies they stole the information from.
You may claim you have nothing to hide. The German Jews in 1930 had nothing to hide until they began disappearing when it became Nazi Germany.
If you claim it isn't or shouldn't be constitutional you have little grasp on our constitution or human history.
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. There may come a day when simply speaking out against the government or peaceful protesting may be a punishable offense. This, among many other reasons, is why we should dig our heels in and push against this idea that the government can do with us as they please.
In this world of terrorist threats and fear of that among the common people, we have been willing to let go of the privacy that Americans have taken as their due for lots of years. However, now the NSA has probably gone too far and gotten out of hand with surveillance so that the constitution has been violated.
The war on terror is over because Osama bin Laden is dead. The NSA's program, though authorized by the USA Patriot Act, oversteps its bounds by infringing on the civil rights of all Americans. Congress should have more oversight of the spying program with public hearings. The NSA's program violates the First Amendment right to free speech and the Fourth Amendment right to unlawful searches and seizures.
The NSA has clearly overstepped their boundaries, that is fairly clear from all that we have seen. The issue is less, however, whether it violates the Constitution (which the courts have shown it is not yet), but whether or not, even if the federal government is allowed to do it, is it a good idea?
The NSA surveillance program does not violate constitutional laws. I think that sometimes people in our government and the higher ups of the country need to be able to monitor people and the people in our country. We may not always agree with it or feel weird about it but it is for our safety.
The constitution is an old document, and though it has had amendments since it was written, I couldn't find anything that I would consider outlawing NSA surveillance. What I do think is that there should be an amendmnet passed that does make the NSA a violation of constitutional law forever.