Well, I am finished with my hissy fit.
Upon mature reflection, me getting pissed off because the government was exposed doing what everyone knew that they were doing all along is silly. If people are discovered doing what you expect them to do, the response should be a sad resignation, not some shrill hissy fit.
I still don't agree that the government should be snooping everywhere and on everyone. Hell, Orwell's world would have been drooling over the capabilities. The Angela Merkel and her old retiree buddies from the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit hanging around the currywurst stands in old Berlin would just sigh and think that they missed out on an opportunity.
The security state apparatus being formed here in the US is not the sign of a healthy culture. It is a unholy alliance between the bigots and zenophobes currently lodged in the right-wing of the American political spectrum, the fear-laden kumbaya crowd imbedded in the left-wing, and the military-industrial-congressional complex that feeds the middle class.
Look folks, whether you like it or not, the fourth amendment has been killed. The fifth amendment is on its way out, the first amendment is under attack. I have attached a plain language explanation of the bill of rights at the end of this article. Take your time, indulge in a little self-reflection, and then tell me honestly that you are not guilty of supporting the government taking an axe to one of these little gems at some time in the past twenty years.