State's powers to snoop on people an affront to basic individual freedom
If agents of the State had the power to pick the lock of your home, enter it while you were out, search it, leave, and never inform you of what they had done, would you feel comfortable?
If they had those powers and could exercise them without having to set out their reasons for the invasion of your privacy to an unrelated overseeing entity, such as a judge, and seek that entity's permission, you would be forgiven for thinking that you were living in an authoritarian-minded state.
But exactly those unsupervised powers are wielded by agents of this State. And the revelations of recent days show that they are being exercised on a large scale. This is extremely serious.