As to the broad implications of the NSA's indiscriminate clandestine operations worldwide now made public through Edward Snowden's whistleblowing revelations, trust of the U.S. is probably at an all time low.
By the government defending all the "agency's" actions behind a veil of secrecy and for reasons of national security without their showing probable cause and reasonable suspicion of crimes about to be committed by those they spy on, the very reason for their being ceases to exist.
Yes there are terrorists in the world intent on doing harm to America and Americans, most of whom we've created by our actions in killing innocents in our wars and occupations and resorting to torture in our mad global war on terror.
Quite simply if we viewed terrorism and terrorists as much of the world does as those who commit crimes need to be apprehended and prosecuted, something that was within the regular purview of the FBI before it too became militarized, the whole war on terror could be terminated and the justification for all this unnecessary intelligence gathering could be reduced and brought under control.
Sanity could prevail once again with most of the "spooks" and surveillance monitoring put out to pasture.
That notion may be the ultimate naivete but what we have now is unnecessary surveillance run amok, costing untold billions, nabbing few if any actual bad guys while allowing light speed technological innovations to be used because, simply it can be utilized with total disregard to whether its legal and constitutional.
An unhinged NSA given constitutional legal cover to do whatever it wants could be the final death knell of what is left of our constitutional democracy with the complete ascendance of the national security surveillance state.
And with that, god bless Amerika.