Imagine the McCarthyism mindset combined with today's surveillance culture and the disaster that would be.
As for the OP comment about the grandkids and child porn - that was a front page story a few days ago on HN.
The "secret law" part is the one that really floors me. The FISA court orders are themselves secret. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. But knowledge of secret law is itself a crime.
America is now watched by secret police.
When I hear someone who works for the USG talk about how we should turn some supposed adversary of the US into glass with a barrage of nuclear missiles, I do not immediately fear for the future of the planet.
I hope the people Clemens overheard are identified.