Along those lines, for all some people claim that we are turning into a police state, I've had several friends and acquaintances who lived in actual police states. Some grew up in communist Russia or its satellite nations. A couple lived in various Latin American dictatorships. At one time or another, I've hear them express dismay at the "police state" hyperbole that a lot of people like to throw around on this subject. You want to see a real police state? Try looking at East Germany, where some estimates suggest that up to 1 in every 6.5 people was an informer for the Stasi. Try several Latin American countries where to this day critics of the government can mysteriously disappear and critical media corporations get shut down at gunpoint. You want corruption? Try numerous nations through the world where the only way to get anything is to bribe government officials at every level. I'm not saying that everything if hunky-dory with the recent revelations. But the various programs that have been brought up recently are nowhere near the doom and gloom that many people are claiming they are. There needs to be some sense of perspective here. The hyperbole really doesn't help the situation any.