How to Debate National Security Without Having to Debate National Security

STEP ONE:  Lump all NSA programs under the umbrella  “spying on Americans.”

STEP TWO: After someone explains exactly what the programs do, from metadata gathering to monitoring international communications, you simply say “Where does it all end?”

STEP THREE: Work “Orwellian” and “police state” into a sentence, and forget everything you were told in Step Two.

STEP FOUR:  Repeat