Leave it to a lawyer...
Leave it to a lawyer to say "trust me, I've seen the government and they're here to help." Heather MacDonald says "the 'hysterical cries' from those who see dark plots behind every government antiterrorist plan just proves that privacy advocates have a 'luddite mentality.'"
In other words - a lawyer knows more about technology than a roomful of computer scientists, programmers, and technology advocates.
Ms. MacDonald, you have a fine career ahead of you - in patent law.