"Now it looks very much like Greenwald is becoming a voice in the blogging wilderness again, and Snowden is watching from Moscow, once again isolated, as his explosive revelations fizzle out politically. On Tuesday, led by Republicans voting en masse, the U.S. Senate defeated a motion to vote on the USA Freedom Act, which would have curbed the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records. The new, harder-line Republican Congress coming in January doesn’t seem likely to pass the bill either
Now those two are lamblasting the system and the judicial system and the stupid public and whatever they can think off (the media for example) but they seem to forget - as we have said here months ago - that Putin has changed as much the perception of the discussion as 9/11 had when we were discussing Echelon in 2001.
Putin has brought us to the brink of the cold war again and his permanent madness of sending bombers and submarines to our coasts - sometimes nuclear-capable - with all the risks of military incidents or collasions with civil airlines is just too mad to understand. It brought the possibility of military incidents right at our border instead of somewhere in some far part of Ukraine where there is everyday some shooting but nothing that could be really called a real big war.
ISIS has helped also off course.
And it just doesn't seem the right time now to dismantle the NSA now. You never know what they may miss because of the reorganisation, the limited resources or capabilities. They missed an 9/11 once because they didn't have enough translators and analysts.
as long as there is more oversight - for the moment not enough people care enough