The United States is not alone in facing these risks. One of the reasons Germans have been so sensitive to the recent revelations is their own history of how surveillance has been used aggressively, and violently, to target their own citizens. Even if the NSA officials play by the rules and regulate themselves, their ability to contain information that could be enormously damaging to the United States and to individual citizens is greatly diminishing in the current era. They no longer are in full control, whatever their intentions might be.
Good article. It goes on to wish for an insightful dialog in order to curb the NSA’s reach. I think that’s naïve to say the least. http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/04/opinion/zelizer-nsa-surveillance-risks/index.html