Here is a sobering post from Jon about the likely unfolding of the NSA debate.
Here a few words from his article:
Meanwhile, the NSA and the Surveillance State continue on. They weather the storm. Despite the exploding scandal and the fall-out, and even though certain modes of collecting information may be reduced, new strategies emerge.
Therefore, the Surveillance State becomes even more powerful than it was.
Snowden rocked the boat, but the boat has been repaired. It sails on with even greater assurance.