Not to say that anything that comes out of the mouth of The Intelligence Committee (as they have publicly and repeatedly revealed that they are more than comfortable lying to the plebs of the public), this again focuses on the smear campaign, not the issues raised themselves.
What is fairly inarguable - government isn't really denying much (skirting around technicalities mostly), trying to argue that it's all kosher because secret court said so and doing their best to focus the attention on the messenger, not the message.
Now, I don't have problem with anyone spying on anyone, that's reality of the current world. What I do have fairly big problem is the cost of finding something to pin you down. As a simple example:
Imagine you are walking on the street, meet some lowly bureaucrat of the local town house and look at him 'all wrong'. Now, normally he would have to spend some time and effort if he felt pissed off and wanted to get you to a death row (well, or at least, suitably mess up your life). Look for probable cause, find some of your neighbours to agree that you are a menace to society and something should be done about you, all that kind of stuff.
Now he can just get back to the office, check in on your name, bring up, let's say, last 20 years of your communications, known associates, keyword tagged internet history and voila - you were in the same dorm in college as that very bad dude they found growing marijuana, you have been known to receive calls from somebody who has been receiving calls from somebody who has been to middle east and in October, 2018 you wrote on that Slashdot site that "all government officials are pigs and you would want to inflict physical harm to them in close and personal fashion". A SUSPECTED DOMESTIC TERRORIST ALERT!!!
(I hope I don't need to explain what happens when somebody writes a bash script to automate the example above or your chances of leading normal life when the FBI raids your home and workplace based on the probable cause provided above...)