Link Well, that's not scary that then CIA director David Patraeus was okay with your appliances spying on you. But he couches it in 'person of interest' only. So no way would it ever be collected on the av--oh--wait, they're already doing this with online accounts. Again: not paranoid, but this system invites so much abuse and the law is really insufficient to keep up with it. And the judge rubber-stamps all requests for information. Yes, yes, the minor edits were made, but they were still issued. Not to mention that the NSA routinely lies to congress and not even congress can talk about a lot. It just creates a situation where trust is lost and once the public trust is gone then the government is going to lose its grip on things. I'm not warning of a dire revolution or anything, but the fact that so much is being classified means trust is real low among the public. By the way: routinely sifting through info is all fine and good until you're a target of the government and since our government is classifying so much these days it's really hard to tell what will get you on their watch list. So in other words: you're only background chatter until they decide you're a threat and you won't even know why you're a threat.