To overcome bureaucratic vested interests and revitalize U.S. constitutional checks and balances, however, Americans need to get a lot madder than they are about Bush and Obama's violation of sacred rights.
Whereas Leon's detailed analysis demonstrated how Jones leads to the result that the NSA program probably violates the Fourth Amendment, Pauley failed to meaningfully distinguish Jones from the NSA case, merely noting that the Jones court did not overrule Smith.
Edward Snowden is a courageous American hero and will be remembered as one, long after the "war on terror" is replaced by some other pretext for violating Americans' constitutional rights and the rest of the world's national sovereignty and privacy, and sometimes security.
Although the media wasn't listening, Snowden's Christmas remarks broadened the message: the concept of privacy itself, and what we are to leave of it to our children, is important, is in peril, and must be added to the conversation.
This has been a disappointing year for President Obama and the Democrats. he road to redemption for President Obama in 2014 may very well be in pursuing a freedom agenda that ensures that we preserve our freedoms for future generations.