Bruce Sterling has a brief laugh at the absurd ineffectualness displayed by the government in all of this Snowden business:
The pigs in Orwell’s “Animal Farm” have more suavity than the US government is demonstrating now. Their credibility is below zero.
[…] Even US Senators are decorative objects for the NSA. An American Senator knows as much about PRISM and XKeyScore as a troll-doll on the dashboard knows about internal combustion.
Nobody elected the NSA.