Articles like these are a grim reminder, I think, that the world is not in fact run by either evil people or those with our best interest at heart. It's run by idiots who barely know what they are doing. I would have thought that the idea of "who watches the watchmen" was deeply ingrained in our consciousness, but I guess it isn't, since the NSA has gotten away with so much, and it apparently doesn't occur to the "cheerleaders" (as Greenwald calls them) that the un-watched watchmen at the NSA could spy on them just as easily as anyone else. Also, the NSA is pretty dumb to be spying on the people most likely to continue to support them. I'd say this is pretty good evidence that there isn't any central control there, either.