Re: Non-American' affected
One thing that may be hard for non US citizens to appreciate is how much the terrorist attacks of 9/11 altered the mindset of government to dig deeper, and get more serious about preventing similar attacks in the future. Has the pendulum swung too far. While more and more Americans and American business are now saying probably yes, those whose family members were killed in 9/11 might still argue if it saves others' lives, the price is worth it.
What the Snowden revelations have done is put the debate back on the table for all citizens to question. This report at very least lays out the issues clearly. The question is are citizens incensed enough to demand the changes enough to get Congress to act? Or will they continue to pay privacy lip service while clinging to the conveniences the digital age has seduced them with?