To hear the NSA tell it, their interception of phone calls and emails of 300 million people was done to protect the security of the United States; what they did will prevent future 911′s and keep our utilities from being sabotaged. In fact, NSA claims, this blanket surveillance frustrated a dozen terrorist attacks. But no details on that are available. It’s secret. National security.
The people of the United States have a choice: they can live by the rules made up (secretly) by the NSA, or they can live in a Constitutional republic.