There are plenty of us over here that are FAR MORE pissed at the current state of affairs than any of you foreigners are.
I respectfully disagree on the FAR MORE part. Given the fact that, in other parts of the world, what happens there is of utmost relevance for us. Everything that happens there tends to be copied by the rest of the world (be it malevolent or benevolent) by either incompetent or evil political figures. If someone pulls some nasty shit there and there is no opposition by civil rights activists, idiots(be it voters or the ones that are voted) will automatically jump in the bandwagon. I don't wanna sound like a drama queen, but the moment you guys fall, the next thing's our asses. So, sorry for the pressure, I wish I would not be right on this one, but something tells me I am.
I use TOR for the same reason I close my curtains at night and don't keep my personal journal out on the front porch with a sign that says "read me!". I just don't like other people snooping on my private life. Though if I had to choose between some random guy on the street watching my browsing activity or the NSA, I'd choose the guy on the street because he's probably only doing it because he's nosy, but the NSA is doing it to see if they can link me to terrorism.
Ok, but wasn't Tor originally designed for the US Naval Research Laboratory? Government organizations being thick as thieves as one would expect, makes sense that they'd have a way to snoop in that software. That's what I'd do, anyway...advertise it as being totally safe, but at the same time having a way of controlling it. Color me paranoid or common-sensical or whatever