No, I didn't say they're an "unknowable force dealing with the unknown." I said it is known that they deal in misinformation, have formal permission for lots of secret activities, have a large budget the details of which are secret, and it is their job to hide or obscure all the details of all that. It isn't unknown what their job is; it is known exactly where they are working when and in what way, etc, etc.
If you can't tell the difference between known unknowns and known knowns, you might as well not even bother. A known force with known formal powers and known jurisdiction, whose specific activities are both secret, and protected. That is pretty fucking far from an "unknowable force dealing with the unknown." And yet, you can never say anything particularly definitive or specific about them.
And then you talk about "wake up to what is going on," oh, what exactly "is going on?" You don't have any way to measure what anybody claims about that. And guess what! I don't have any way to weigh or measure what you say, either. You're just a guy waving his hands, insisting that their is a conspiracy of some sort, and that you know about it, and apparently you even think you have power to stop it, or else who cares if I "wake up?" The only way you can influence what the NSA does is by being in the Senate and being on the Intelligence Committee. And that committee isn't going to even want to change any of the things you may or may not actually be complaining about.
The only way I would have any reason to want to "wake up" and pretend I know what they are doing is if I was working for them. Because otherwise, there is really no utility in pretending to know shit that trained intelligence professionals with nearly unlimited resources have gone out of their way to obscure.
Conspiracy theorists are so credulous, they even believe stuff where the only evidence that it even exists are anonymous statements by professional liars [spies] purportedly made to journalists.
It is so impossible to believe anybody that you can't even be sure: A) That Snowden isn't still working for the NSA, with all the leaks being to distract from the real programs, or B) That Snowden was actually working for the Russians all along, and that they made up everything he pretended to leak, or C) That Snowden did work for the NSA, but most of what he leaked were lies that are planted in the systems in order to distract from or hide the real programs in case of a leak/theft. None of those scenarios are different than the type of things that are known from the history of espionage, nor are any of those actually stranger than the claims! There is no way to know at all, every potential party that would have access to actual information is a tainted party with clear potential motivations to lie, training in different ways to mislead you, and resources to carry it out on multiple tracks.