I think there’s a tendency to assume that all surveillance is bad for us, or that it cripples our freedom somehow.  While I believe that we have a right to privacy, the advent of the Internet and social media has given us the ability to gather intelligence in ways like never before, and assuming that nothing good comes from this is short-sighted.  I don’t think we should be misled about this, but there is too much for us to gain if we do it in a way that’s in our national interests..