I'm sure it's effective That's not the problem.
That's spot on, the government narrative about this has been pretty predictable, because it's the same narrative they use whenever they get questioned about things like the Patriot Act, "enhanced interrogation", TSA scanners, etc. They jump straight to how useful these things are. No one is screaming that these programs should be dismantled because they are useless, the government is responding to an argument that no one is making. The argument is that they are possibly illegal and certainly in opposition to the constitution. I don't want Obama to tell me how useful these things are, I'm sure that the ability to tap all communications is incredibly useful to any government that wants to conduct surveillance. I want Obama to try and explain how this fits into the constitution, I want him to explain how this does not infringe upon our rights. He should be able to do that, seeing as how he's a constitutional lawyer. If he can't explain that then we have a problem. And I'm not going to accept the finding by a secret court whose decisions are classified, I want a clear explanation about what exactly these programs do, and why our rights are not being violated.