Because it is the system now in place.
So if the system in place was Big Brother style dictatorship, you'd accept it?
Well, in actual fact, it seems to me the entire nation has no problem going far far out in that direction... Rather than debate whether Snowden is a traitor, shouldn't you guys wonder whether it's fine and mellow that every single phone call, every single email, can be monitored by the state?
Actually, Olivier, as I have said several times in several posts...if this experiment in democracy is really going to work...it probably will take a form closer to Orwell's Big Brother than most people feel comfortable contemplating.
The only way democracy works is for people to voluntarily give up lots of their personal rights of privacy in the interests of society as a whole.
I understand how unpopular that notion is...especially to Americans...but it is so.
If we insist that our individual right to privacy is so sacred that we cannot do the kinds of intrustions necessary to keep the devil at bay...we are going to lose the rights by invasion. The people determined to destroy us will NEVER give up...and they are not interested in niceties like "individual rights to privacy."
It may seem there is no difference...and perhaps there isn't in some sense. But in others, there is a huge difference.
My advice to the people fighting these moves: Keep on fighting. You may win.
Should be interesting to see what you win.
But insofar as I have a vote: My vote is that my individual privacy is not all that important. Occasionally I have stains in my shorts; I sometimes visit porn sites (helps the yang for us older guys); I get testy in some of my on-line posts. I speak only for me...but I do not give a damn if my communications are being monitored.
For the people who do...keep fighting it. Like I said...you may win.