NSA Director Keith Alexander, speaking at the Defcon hacker conference last summer.
To paraphrase Joseph Heller: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t surveilling you.
In less than 24 hours, the spectre of the National Security Agency as a panopticon collecting data on every American has evolved from a conspiracy theory into reality. First, a leaked top secret order sent to Verizon and exposed on Wednesday evening showed that the agency requested the call records over three months of every American user of Verizon Business Network Services. A day later, the revelation of that surveillance has expanded to encompass Sprint and AT&T, too, as well as Internet service providers and even credit card companies. And now a separate leak has exposed another NSA program known as PRISM that reportedly created backdoors in every major tech firm, including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Apple.
For the rest of the story: http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/06/06/watch-top-u-s-intelligence-officials-repeatedly-deny-nsa-spying-on-americans-over-the-last-year-videos/