the most absurd part of all the smoking guns in the various scandals, has no one noticed that you can't commit have a simple Affair with a co worker without Big Brother finding out about it?
Actually, I believe this started with a hit job against General Petreus' by snooping in on his email, but now the snooping has gotten a lot worse.
Reminds me of the "good old days" of the FBI when JEdgarHoover had bugs in the hotel rooms of Martin Luther King...
what has changed now is that "big brother" will publicize your secrets, shaming you, your paramour, your spouses and kids, on the front page of the WaPost and NYTimes, whereas in the past you just risked a story in the back pages of the National Enquirer.
the justification is supposed to be "terrorism", but when they snoop in on love affairs, while ignoring warnings from officials in Russia (about the Boston marathon bombers) and the Philippines (about AlQaeda's plan to fly airplanes into buildings), well, it does make you wonder about their priorities.