Not looking to get into a political argument here or anything (I'm an IT guy, not a law student), but fwiw:
helterskelter wrote:Another anology, how many people in the U.S. own firearms. How many people die or get maimed for life in shooting accidents?
So how come you have not Banned the private use of firearms?
Because I don't have that power
And yes, I would. I believe they should. Though I don't live in the U.S. anyway.
helterskelter wrote:Apply that line of thought to the Police,CIA and FBI and even the Government itself. What you wanna do shut them down?
I think comparing the NSA to the police is a bit of a stretch. Insulting, if I were a cop. A group founded to spy on its own citizens is comparable to those who risk their necks on the streets on a daily basis? They're actively preventing crime as it happens, and when a police officer does break the law, they're held accountable.
Fair point on the CIA and FBI, though I do wonder if they're really necessary.
helterskelter wrote:I CAN understand where you are all coming from but please give it a bit of non hysterical thought-THEY are not after YOU,THEY are after THEM.
A little accidental invasion of privacy is a small price to pay to prevent the likes of 9/11 etc.
The NSA has existed since long before 9/11. It didn't stop 9/11. Or the Boston Bombings, for that matter, by which point you certainly couldn't argue that they didn't have the power/means to do so.
So is it the terrorism that we never hear of that they thwart? They've prevented it, thus we needn't know? If so, the whole scandal would have been an opportune time to present such acts and assess whether or not their existence is necessary.
My biggest concern doesn't lie with the NSA. I'm not American, after all, and I certainly don't plan on moving there any time soon.
What worries me is when America tries to play world police, be it SOPA or TPP or whatever scheme it is next. But that would be getting off topic