Freedom is slavery ..
@tom dial: "The general drift of what is in the material Snowden took and Greenwald, Poitras, and numerous others published is that the NSA, in general, has adhered to the provisions of the laws under which it operates."
You must be operating from some kind of a mirror universe, the NSA has been hoovering up the worlds communications for decades. The legal provisions of which were kept secret until Snowden leaked them. Not that the NSA limit themselves to the law. Mass surveillance enacted in secret is fascism.