To quote an absent forum member, "Toothpaste is out of the tube."

Digital technology is never going reverse itself and get less powerful and omnipresent. When the administration is able to be heard above all this hyperbole, people may actually understand that Obama has strengthened oversight. He made the claim just a few days ago as to challenge the press corp to review the history:

"So in summary, what you've got is two programs that were originally authorized by Congress, have been repeatedly authorized by Congress, bipartisan majorities have approved on them, Congress is continually briefed on how these are conducted. There are a whole range of safeguards involved, and federal judges are overseeing the entire program throughout. We're also setting up -- we've also set up an audit process, when I came into office, to make sure that we're, after the fact, making absolutely certain that all the safeguards are being properly observed. "

Some journo might want to check that out and report on it.