In the US of A, if you don’t like the fact that your government may have collected data about your phone calls and emails you can do something about it without fear of being thrown in a Gulag. Unfortunately, the actions being proposed by those who take offense at this kind of things isn’t the kind of “something” that is going to make a difference.
Just as a reminder: The Executive Branch (where the NSA sits) carries out national policy; the Legislative Branch funds the Executive Branch agencies that carry out national policy; the Judicial Branch makes sure the other two branches aren’t breaking the law.
None of the aforementioned organizations care about your petition, or your march, or your online protest.
If you want to bring about political change you need to get out the vote. If you want to get out the vote you need to spend money. A lot of it. As I’ve stated before: your average citizen cares more about just about anything than they do things-cyber. With apologies to Benjamin Franklin, the only thing that is sure to get people’s attention is sex and taxes…”cyber” is an also-ran politically.
Don’t like the NSA maybe capturing your meta-data? Gather up enough friends, pool your money, and hire a lobbyist. Just so you know: A couple dozen mega defense contractors that make billions of dollars a year supporting the NSA and its sister organizations are your competition.
I’m not saying it is right, I’m not saying it is fair, I’m just saying that’s the way it is. If you want to win the game you have to play; anything less is a waste of time.