The past year brought seemingly endless revelations about the mind-blowing extent of the NSA's spying on all of us. Last week, the president finally gave a speech about reforming the NSA. Nobody listened to it.
To be fair, the NFL playoffs were last weekend, and the speech was on a Friday, which is date night, and it's hard to think about buying nacho ingredients and condoms and dedicate significant brainpower to President Obama's proposals for reigning in our out of control national security apparatus. So we can't judge our fellow Americans too harshly for this, from the Pew Research Center:
President Obama's speech on Friday outlining changes to the National Security Agency's collection of telephone and internet data did not register widely with the public. Half say they have heard nothing at all about his proposed changes to the NSA, and another 41% say they heard only a little bit. Even among those heard about Obama's speech, few think the changes will improve privacy protections, or make it more difficult for the government to fight terrorism.
To translate that into honest language: HALF of Americans admitted the heard nothing about it; ANOTHER 41% of Americans, embarrassed by the question, lied and vaguely said they'd heard "a little," without specifying what; and the remaining tiny fraction of Americans who had heard about the reform proposals had no idea what to make of them, because all of the information that the public would really need to make a meaningful judgment on this issue is classified.
The NSA encourages America to focus its attention on the upcoming Super Bowl matchup.