I guess you could call me a U.S. Firster. I want the U.S. to maintain national security and intelligence agency superiority over the Chinese and Russians (and al-Qaeda, Iran, and others), provided that it is done in a way that does not breach the constitutional rights of American citizens. I doubt the first half of that sentiment is shared by Greenwald, and he probably would criticize me for being concerned primarily with the privacy rights of American citizens.
And, once again, I ask you how you will ever know that “it is done is such a way that does not breach the constitutional rights of American citizens,” in this Era of the Top Secret Security State, if you don’t know what the government is doing at all?
This is the circle that folks like Professor Jacobson have never squared to my satisfaction. They want to be protected against constitutional violations, but they don’t want any “leakers” to tell anything about constitutional violations. How, exactly, is that supposed to work?
Head, sand: Some assembly required.