What I want to know is how come there isn't any discussion of shutting down the NSA et.al. itself (if we can agree that it is acting beyond the scope of its purview) before giving the Feds the power to kill free expression in the name of preventing terrorism or spying or whatever.
Personally, I'm far less afraid of some other nation's government "spying" on me than I am of my own government deciding that the First Amendment is no longer applicable due to said spying. We'd all be undoubtedly safer in prison cells too, but I think most would agree that we don't want to give the government the power to arbitrarily lock us up for our own "protection". I realize that's a bit hyperbolic, but then again, in today's world, being cut off from the internet would bring an awful lot of hardship.