You see, the potential for that sort of case being made is exactly why I'm not automatically against a surveillance state.
We need to debate the benefits of throwing away our privacy because it could well turn out the public will vote for it. Having the government make this massive change in history through secret courts is completely undemocratic.
Whatever happens, one thing is for sure, we need transparency on oversight because the biggest risk here is abuse of this surveillance.
The problem is that we can't really judge what is and isn't abuse. We know so little compared to intelligence agencies that we cannot possibly have an informed opinion. Moreover, we should
know less. Security demands that we be kept in the dark about many things.
It's not nearly as black and white as many people seem to think.