Lots of Americans -- most, perhaps -- haven't figured out yet that "if you aren't doing anything wrong, if you don't have anything to hide, why should you care about surveillance?" is actually supposed to be an embarrassing thing to say ... the English translation, more or less, of baaaa, baaaa, baaaa. But let us suppose, for the momentary purposes of discussion, that this bit of sheepthink actually represents a valid principle. The government, along with its apologists, is greatly enthused -- obsessive, in fact -- about keeping its millions of secrets. Why? Government, if you aren't doing anything wrong, if you don't have bad things to hide, why do you object to exposure? Let us see every single thing -- without exception! -- that you're doing. In real time. After all, this is the Information Age, when technology makes it all possible, no? Let's go for it!
In keeping with the modern principle that everything has to be upside-down, we see that individuals aren't permitted to have privacy, while the ruling class seeks to enjoy total and absolute privacy. It should, of course, be exactly the other way around. There should be, on principle, no such thing as a government secret. Not one. Never-never-never.
I haven't come up with an individual response to the phone-records thing. But PRISM, on the other hand ... bear with me a moment while I compose my new email signature file, optimized for the enjoyment of the screening software that our masters are no doubt employing. Let's see ...
The above email is actually not related to terror, bombs, hijackings, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, radical Islam, jihad, or any of that stuff. It does not concern itself with anthrax or ricin or sarin or improvised explosive devices. It expresses no particular opinion about whether Allah is the only God and Muhammad is his prophet (which, by the way, is not the case). It is not aimed at bringing about Death to America. On the other hand, it may well uselessly attract some special attention from one organ or another of the Security State. It might make such an organ marginally less efficient by wasting a tiny bit of its time. That would be a real shame. And if most would-be free Americans were to do something similar with all their email ... wouldn't that be a pity?