Is there really any legitimate or worthwhile solution besides dismantling the NSA entirely, destroying all archives not directly pertinent to history or to ongoing investigations judged worthwhile by an independent team, and jailing all people with prior knowledge of this program?
Practically speaking, yes, difficult, even if desired, which it isn't, but, yeah, fuck America.
I want to become a total self-righteous asshole. I'm already way past merely disillusioned with any and all institutions. But fuck America doesn't quite get there. Fuck Americans is more like it. This is what happens when politics is a "lifestyle choice". When "ordinary citizens" maintain a distinction between the personal and the political, the private and the public. Guess what. Those distinctions never existed, and they certainly can't be protected anymore, neither intellectually, nor literally, at least if you use the Internet. There is no private life to retreat to, no place where responsibility can be denied. Being an adult and being a citizen are the same thing; you can be both an adult and a citizen, or neither, but never one or the other.