By and large, I agree with you.
There is, and has been, a bright spot here and there, but when it comes to intelligence agencies we haven't gotten good value for the money that we have spent.
Anyone who says that we have is either standing on a nickle or out of touch with reality.
I recently saw a poll which found that 56 percent of Americans don't mind the NSA listening in on their phone calls. and reading their e-mail.
Well, I'm not really trying to be the odd man out here, but I don't want anyone (That includes the U.S. government.) listening to my private conversations.
If congress wants to make it OK for the NSA, FBI, and etc to do what they are doing it should pass a constitutional amendment eliminating the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Then all of this would be constitutional.
I'll bet that never happens.