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.

Technology, perhaps. But our government is supposed to be accountable to the people, and if the outrage is large enough, it *can* be made less omnipresent and powerful -- kind of like what happened to create this country in the first place ;-)

And, for better or worse, I believe the public by and large are disinclined to simply take the government's (read: Obama or any other president) word that "safeguards are being properly observed" -- especially regarding utterly opaque programs against which the average citizen has no course of redress should he even be allowed to know they exist ...