The president assured us that the NSA was not listening to the phone calls or hacking into the emails of law abiding Americans.
We now know that is not true.
We now know that the NSA has overstepped its authority and broken privacy rules thousands of times since Congress empowered the agency in 2008.
This should not come as a surprise to anyone.
When Congress passed the Patriot Act in 2001 we warned that they were opening a Pandora’s Box that would have far reaching consequences in the years to come.
Unfortunately our deepest fears are now being realized.