I was reading Bob J's Rants moments ago and he made a point that I think encapsulates the entire problem that has bubbled to the surface since the 9-11 attacks. The NSA's scandal's biggest loser is you. Yes, you.
You have a segment of the global population - jihadists - intent on wiping out your country on on hand, and on the other hand you have a government not sophisticated enough to capture or monitor terror suspects without majorly eroding your personal privacy.
The country the jihadists want to destroy might not be around for them to come after if they ever got aroud to doing it successfully.