William Binney, a 32-year National Security Agency veteran, the former Head of the NSA’s Global Digital Data Gathering Program, and a very highly-regarded cryptographer:
"They’re making themselves dysfunctional by collecting all of this data... they’re putting an extra burden on all of their analysts. It’s not something that’s going to help them; it’s something that’s burdensome. There are ways to do the analysis properly, but they don’t really want the solution because if they got it, they wouldn’t be able to keep demanding the money to solve it. I call it their business statement, “Keep the problems going so the money keeps flowing.” It’s all about contracts and money."
Professor Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University:
"...privacy is dying in the United States by a thousand papercuts from countless new laws and surveillance systems. Before we plunge ahead in creating a fishbowl society of surveillance, we might want to ask whether such new measures or devices will actually make us safer or just make us appear safer."
LINK to Washington's Blog article