You are entirely correct here, and it's very important to understand -- it's exactly like J. Edgar Hoover would have done a generation ago, and what the NSA does today -- and they are BOTH wrong. What's private really is what's private, but until THEY are caught with their pants down, I don't think they realize that.
Again, I just want to say this for the record, you are doing magnificent work -- keep going! I'll support you obviously, and when someone get out of line, or disrupts your work, me and lots of other people will support you with everything we have.
I know the subject line is pretty weak, I'll grant you that, but nonetheless I just want to say your doing a beautiful job, you really are. Please keep it up -- your one of the most important people we have -- for all of the stories about the NSA, not just one or two.