The PRISM program for the DHS was created by OBAMA so he would have his own intelligence, domestic and not have to ask the military, OBAMA ordered this software solution directly from the Israeli provider PALANTIR Technology, based in California, but owned by Israel.
Then Palinantir also SOLD this technology to the NSA,
Now there is a feud on WHO get’s to spy on USA citizens. The US-MIL of course controls the NSA, so OBAMA has to beg for data. The NSA was always very careful on a need-to-know basis about its ‘data’ ( crown jewels ).
Now everything has been ‘privatized’ under OBAMA, and the NSA has largely been cut out, sure they got a new $2 Billion dollar facility in UTAH, but its only for storage, OBAMA and TEAM DHS/TSA get to do the analysis. So now in effect there is a COLD WAR between OBAMA’S DHS and the old NSA legacy folks.
Following this paradigm you can see WHY they created SNOWDEN, and understand why the debate has been made public. Either way the USA public will be spied on, but WHOM will do the work,
IMHO I think the MILITARY is safer so long as we had posse-commitatus to keep the MIL off the backs of USA citizens. Obama’s DHS/TSA remind me of the guys in ‘V for Vendetta” the FINGERMEN, .. very nasty little men doing nasty stuff to the public.
There could very well be a COUP over this when its all over.