So...I worked on a surveillance program in the 1990s called Gangster, under a SI/TK/BYE clearance. I believe it metastasized into the TIA, which then became what is now PRISM. I might have something relevant to say on current events.
But because io9's comment system only allows a small subset of users to post, and because the sole person responsible for elevating users — crashedpc /sarcasm — doesn't like me and is abusing his power to exclude me, no one will see any post I make. I don't expect anyone to see this post.
I can't decide if analogy and irony go hand in hand all the time, or just here. :)