4 reasons the NSA scandal is troubling

Having laid out some reasons why there is less to the NSA scandal than meets the all-hearing hear, I turn now to several reasons why the agency's actions might merit the "scandal" designation.

1. The NSA is the most powerful single institution in the world. It can collect more information, more quickly, and cause action from that information, more efficiently than any company, country, or intelligence entity. Even if no one accused the NSA of doing anything wrong, it is the interest of a freedom-seeking society to layer in as much transparency as possible for no other reason than that there is really no historical precedent for an organization that large with that much power not abusing it, whether incidentally or deliberately. See here.

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