The hysteria over the NSA's Verizon program is warranted. The NSA has really outdone themselves when it comes to spying on the American public without just cause. These companies like Verizon were probably told to keep it a secret and it was leaked that they were spying on all of us.
I believe the hysteria over the NSA's Verizon program is warranted. I believe it has shown the overreaching arm of the government, when companies decide to side with the government over their customers. American's and people throughout the world should feel uncomfortable about the United States governments ability to spy on them, in all facets of life.
The NSA is using the USA Patriot Act of 2001 as an excuse to spy on everyone regardless of whether or not they are suspicious. They claim terror attacks have been reduced. Yet somehow the Boston Marathon bombings occurred. Benjamin Franklin said it best, "Those who give up freedom in the name of security shall deserve neither." Americans should be concerned about the NSA's spying program because it goes above and beyond what is legal. Congress needs to reign in these powers lest more of our freedoms get taken away in the coming years. Soon, the NSA will monitor our bowel movements for any suspicious activity.
When your own government so thoroughly invades your privacy you have the right to be panicked over anything else that they do to further violate your rights and privacies. I can completely understand why people are freaking out over the NSA's Verizon program, it makes perfect sense to me to be honest.
The hysteria over the National Security Agency's program with Verizon is absolutely warranted. Private companies need to tell Americans when they are being watched by the federal government. The feds have no right to track Americans on such a widespread level without any particular scope or purpose in this day and age.
People undoubtedly have a right to be upset about the NSA spying and collecting their data without their knowledge, but at the same time, the Patriot Act has been around for over 10 years and it was known that this could be possible. The info collected wasn't reported to be the body of the messages unless the person was seen as a threat either. So, yes, I don't think it is wise to not say something about being spied on by the government, but it is also wise to understand the scope.
The media misrepresented the scope of the surveillance; only call/email/message "metadata" is collected. Metadata includes to and from information, and timing. No call/message content is recorded. With a FISA court order, content can begin to be intercepted, but prior to such content is not available. It is unlikely and unreasonable to assume that the NSA would have any interest in the actual call/message content of non-threats (and threats are designated very strictly), as the level of volume involved would be tremendous and would waste millions of dollars and department resources.
Progression from metadata monitoring to actual investigation (as in agents tracking movements) of a person who is not actually a threat (or very likely one) is highly unlikely; for the same reasons as above.