And the beating goes on…

NSA SURVEILLANCE BILL WOULD LEGALIZE LOOPHOLE THAT LETS FBI SPY ON AMERICANS WITHOUT A WARRANT Alex Emmons, January 9 2018 https://theintercept.com/2018/01/09/nsa-surveillance-fisa-section-702-reauthorization-fbi/?link_id=0&can_id=fb388092b653d27e33359aff3b5de7c9 WITH MAJOR NSA surveillance authorities set to expire later this month, House Republicans are rushing to pass a bill that would not only reauthorize existing powers, but also codify into law some practices that critics have called unconstitutional. The bill takes aim at reforming how federal law enforcement can use data collected by the National Security Agency, putting a modest constraint on when the FBI can conduct so-called backdoor searches of Americans’ communications. But because such searches make use of a legal loophole, critics say the current bill may do more harm than good by explicitly writing the practice into law. The bill would reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which serves as the basis for some of the NSA’s largest surveillance programs, and keep it on the books through 2023. The law was first passed in 2008 after the George W. Bush administration’s secret warrantless wiretapping was made public, effectively to legalize what the administration was doing. The law allows the intelligence community to spy on Americans’ transnational communications without a warrant so long as the “targets" are not Americans. n 2013, documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA vacuums up a tremendous amount of wholly domestic communications through the program as well. Republicans tried to ram through a different incarnation of the bill last month, based on a more draconian version passed by the House Intelligence Committee. ...

But we need to be spied on in order to protect us from the Islamic Terrorists. Don’t mind the fact that your more likely to be murdered by a friend or random on the street then being killed by a terrorist. We need to protect America from its greatest threat. Heart disease? No. Diabetes? No. Domestic violence? No. Antibiotic resistant bacteria? No. Obesity? No. A mutated bird flu? No. Dem terrorists man.

You could code your communication so that what the government got looks like garbage. But it is against the law and has been for some time now.
Do other countries spy on their people? I checked out India which has about 4 times the population of the United States. And yes, it spies on its people. One of the fears is that it will be misused to target political opponents.
Well, that may of already have happened here in America.
What India has done is to create another spy program to spy on the intelligence gathering spy agencies.