The NSA had considered ceasing mass surveillance before Snowden
NSA considered dropping its local mass surveillance practices before Edward Snowden made his revelations, but decided that perhaps this was not the best idea. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Us spectators can see why it might have a been a good idea for the NSA to cancel that controversial programme back then, and perhaps the NSA can too. It would still have been controversial, but it might have been far less controversial and the NSA might not quite be as damned as it is today.