The NSA is spying on you. That's a fact that has become increasingly clear over the past year thanks to whistleblower Edward Snowden and other leaks.
An argument for all that spying is that it keeps our country safe, and an argument against it is that freedom and privacy are more important than security. Balancing security and privacy is important, and it's a debate that we as citizens should always have.
However, what if the NSA's exotic spying technology wasn't just in government hands? Would that change your opinion of spying for the security of our nation?
Like it or not, that's exactly the case. For the past 20+ years, the NSA has been licensing - or renting - its technology and intellectual property to private industry through the Technology Transfer Program.