So we have a lot of people who are obsessed with privacy, even at the expense of "security".
So what happens then if you de-fang your security apparatus, when al-Qaeda and friends start successfully attacking -- and killing -- lots of Westerners. What happens then?
Who will suffer the consequences? Probably not America, which has a small and scared muslim minority, and the Atlantic Ocean tight borders keeping the Middle East/Africa out. We in Europe stand to suffer with a weak America.