The Next Chapter in the NSA Debacle

If you don’t know who Edward Snowden is, you have likely been locked in a dark room with a blindfold and earplugs on for the last month.

The former CIA employee-turned whistle blower is on standby waiting to hear from Iceland whether he will be given asylum

But the latest news in the endlessly interesting “the government is spying on us” story is the release of classified documents that detail the rules the NSA has for surveillance without a warrant.

The Washington Post published a story that not only describes the documents but has the documents right there for all the world to see.

They are Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act documents signed by Attorney General Eric Holder detailing rules for targeting foreigners and data collection.

Following everything about this data-mining and government spying has been interesting on a lot of levels. Finding out the “truth” about how closely the public is watched and realizing that the conspiracy theorists have been right seems to have blown the American people’s minds. But I wonder how surprised we should really be? I hear people complaining about the private companies providing information to the government, and I am not thrilled about it myself, but in an age of oversharing online and everything being trackable and digital, I can’t say I am at all surprised the government is watching. I may be mad, but I’m not surprised. I can’t wait to see what unfolds next.