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"it's coming to an end"
I've got a bridge for sale, anyone like to purchase it?
Heh... Yep, I'm with you. I wrote this headline (not the story) and I don't believe a word of it either, with respect to the government's willingness to stop, frankly.
The way this article is stated, it's not coming to an end. It's just changing and re-distributing the data it collects. Obama wants to have people believe that the governments actions are changing for the better. Instead, with diversification, they well be able to collect more data. It's like having your very own personal NSA agent in your back pocket! ;)
Mostly, yes, but he is up for backing down the whole thing to some extent. However, I don't see that anyone has an actual plan nor solutions, so for all we know it's just political bluster at this point. I do think that as other nations start getting peeved about NSA snooping, the government will be forced to act more forcefully to maintain diplomacy, though.
It will never change, its in place now and it will stay in place. Nothing will change.
Everything changes... it's inevitable. Whether those changes are perceived as good or bad in the long run remains to be seen, but changes will occur either way.
The United States is not the same in many ways as it was fifty years ago and it won't be the same fifty years from now. Similar in many respects, sure... but not the same. Consider that the United States is only 237 years old... now consider how much different it is now than it was only a couple centuries ago, or even a century ago.
So... things will change, whether you want them to or not.