American citizens concerned about their civil liberties are not insisting on being in the loop when it comes to intelligence and State Dept. internal policy, that's just a red herring. What they want are ASSURANCES (which is much more than words and lip service) that their civil liberties are not being violated! Period. Since there have been many professors, constitutional lawyers, politicians (even within the senate intelligence committee) investigative journalists, groups such as the ACLU (and many other groups) SCOTUS judge, ex-president and many others expressing concerns over the NSA's over reach, it deserves the attention it is getting, it is not conspiracy theory and won't be marginalized as such. Jim Sensenbrenner's recent statement, further evidences the necessity of real reform to this agency.