my first post in this thread was not intended to address your entire overall position, but rather your argument that 40,000 people not having come forward is any kind of evidence to support your position. it's not evidence to support your position. 40,000 folks not having a problem with the NSA is not evidence of anything other than that at least 40,000 people don't have a problem with the NSA.
i mean, you could go work for the NSA, and if they were spying on everyone, would you report it to the public? maybe you would, but there are plenty (many more than 40,000) people who are not evil who would not report it to the public. that's why the 40,000 employees argument fails.