“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin
I would modify that quote to say the illusion of safety.
If you haven’t seen the documentary Citizenfour, you should. If you don’t think that the issues brought to light by Edward Snowden are some of the most important issues of our time, then you aren’t paying attention. We, as in humans on earth, for the first time in history, have to answer the question of whether its ok to have effectively omniscient government(s). (Answer; no it isn’t).
The NSA (and others) built the the panopticon (with our tax dollars, in secret, and then lied about it to congress). There is currently no legislative or judicial oversight (you know, checks and balances). The information they are gathering on everyone (with no requirement for warrants or even presumption that you did anything wrong) is potentially one of the greatest tools for oppression ever created. Right now, all we’re depending upon is the goodwill of those wielding that power that it won’t be abused. That’s not good enough.