They lied about the existence of the programme and lied about details of it, even to congress, after Snowden leaked the info.
The so called conspiracy nutters knew for years that this sort of programme existed all along. They wernt called nutters after the leaks. I wonder how many said "I told you so"?
I remember people I worked with laughing at me when I started telling them about DRM and how bad it was and that it was coming, that they would suffer for it. I held back the "I told you so" when they started crying to me a few years later about how their CD dont work and how they cant lend their sister a track or two. They wernt laughing anymore, while I went back to listening to all the OGG vorbis files I had amassed on my player that knew nothing of DRM. They asked me for help and I was basically thinking "sorry, I dont do mp3's. I moved on from where you are stuck years ago. I dont have an ipod, avoided that, and I never played a Sony rootkit enabled CD in my PC because I knew I shouldnt."
So I'm taking a page out of the book I used to read when I was young, the book that made me suspicious of groups like the NSA and of the existence of the programmes. I was called a conspiracy nutter and had to put up with people assuming I believed not just in aliens (well I think that anyone who thinks we are the only life in our own galaxy are totally mental) but that they were visiting us and controlling our brains :D
So to all those who before Snowden revealed it all: I told you so.
And to the same people, who will still think that the NSA are staffed by angelic beings that would never lift a finger to do anything bad , evan after they did: I dont believe them. They have a replacement or are simply trying to get us to lower our guard by pretending to not run that programme anymore. Why, would I believe anything they say about this subject?
I bet those people I wrote that to are immaturely doing impressions of me wearing a tin foil hat and shouting at the skies to ward of the alien invasion forces.