"What you're not seeing is people actually abusing these programs."
The link above details how the NSA fed information to the DEA, and if and when there was a court trial resulting from that information, the DEA manufactured a source for the information so that they never had to admit that they got it from the NSA. The DEA called the process of disguising sources "parallel construction". To quote Reuters from the article:
Some defense lawyers and former prosecutors said that using “parallel construction” may be legal to establish probable cause for an arrest. But they said employing the practice as a means of disguising how an investigation began may violate pretrial discovery rules by burying evidence that could prove useful to criminal defendants.
This is an abuse of the legal system, pure and simple. When you're hiding information from the defense, and potentially the judge and prosecution, you've broken the trial system.
We are seeing abuse, Mr. President.
Or, alternatively, don't commit crimes.
The cops can ask me any question they want. I know I didn't kill someone with a shotgun.
You probably have already committed at least one felony today, and you probably weren't even aware of it. Our laws are so complex, and many of them so outdated, that it is nearly impossible to go about your daily life, upstanding citizen or not, without breaking at least one law.
The reason why you shouldn't talk to the police isn't because "you haven't done anything wrong", it's because you don't know whether or not you've done anything wrong. If the police are not, and never have been, on your side; it is their job to find people who have broken the law, and any communication with law enforcement will be used to forward that goal.
So when the pizza guy comes into your apartment complex and snaps a shot of you trying to seduce him into a gay sex orgy for free food and posts it on his google+ equivalent of a facebook wall you'll be alright with that?
I'm not sure a pizza delivery guy would be able to afford Google Glass.
We need to scrap (or at least greatly reduce) the whole H1-B visa program. Corporations are using it to exploit foreign workers and keep local wages artificially low. When is Congress going to step up and do something for the American workforce?
Oh, yeah, that's right. It's the same corporations that fund their election and re-election campaigns that are committing the abuse.
One small step for man, one giant stumble for mankind.