It’s been months since Edward Snowden first leaked information about the National Security Agency’s practices of collecting information from American citizens, yet the questionable practices continue despite attempts to prevent the US government from collecting phone records. Secret courts have heard arguments on both sides, regular district courts have seen showdowns between government attorneys and private plaintiffs. A broad spectrum of viewpoints exist on the domestic spying issue, from those who would prefer anarchy to the current situation, to those who don’t think anyone should care what the government knows as long as one isn’t breaking laws.
It has been another black eye dealt to the Obama administration, and has become a divisive issue within the Republican Party. Prominent members such as Rand Paul (KY) remain staunchly opposed to the NSA’s domestic spying activity. Meanwhile other hardline conservatives such as Michele Bachmann (MN-06) (who sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence) support continuation of the programs for the sake of national security. All the talk, lawsuits, and speculation seem to have only increased in the first days of 2014, rather than falling to other issues, namely immigration and the ongoing national debt crisis.