Valid concerns about privacy and civil liberties are getting buried under a blizzard of ill-informed hokum and paranoid conspiracism of left and right, mixed with propaganda victories for the Chinese and Russian governments (and who knows what information Snowden is giving Beijing). The development of this storm of b.s. has been tracked adeptly at Little Green Footballs.
And of course, Rand Paul is still erupting with gibberish.
If you call Dad today you never know who might be listening:NSA admits listening to U.S. phone calls without warrants http://t.co/402e4FjnQqThis doesn't surprise me. Paul is the guy who demanded the abolition of the Energy Department without having a clear idea of what the Energy Department does, and who brings up Hitler and hyperinflation without knowing what he's talking about there either.
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) June 16, 2013
UPDATE 6/17 12:17 PM: Recommended: "A Catalogue of Journalistic Malfeasance," by Joshua Foust at Medium.
UPDATE 6/17 4:23 PM: Also recommended: "Snowden, Intelligence, and History," by John R. Schindler.