Hmmmmm...since there is no topic title "Surveillance State", this seemed the most logical place to post the speech and its analysis by The Atlantic.
The FISA Court has apparently ruled the nefarious shenanigans of the NSA, et al as unconstitutional. The fact that it carries on in relative secrecy makes it "unchecked power" in my opinion.
I seriously doubt that there would be any sort of debate or questioning going on were it not for the courage of the likes of Snowden, Manning and others who have been (and are being) persecuted and prosecuted for blowing the whistle.
Soooooo.........prosecution of whistleblowers = Unchecked Power
the continued gathering of metadata = Unchecked Power
Congress ignoring the will of the people = Unchecked Power
a duplicitous President = Unchecked Power
I will agree that the voting public is largely ignorant. But we owe that fact to a lazy media who are more interested in which cocktail party they are invited to than in doing the tough job of adversarial journalism and holding the servants of the people accountable for their self-serving actions and backroom deals.
Unchecked Power? Absolutely.