"A former cybersecurity adviser to President George W. Bush fears that the NSA has created the “potential for a police state” to emerge in the United States. [ ... ] “If you’re not specific, an agency that bugs phones is going to bug phones,” Mr. Clarke said, Search Security reported. “The NSA is an organization that’s like a hammer, and everything looks like a nail.” Mr. Clarke concluded that while overall the spy agencies are filled with “highly intelligent” patriotic Americans, he fears that another major terrorist attack on U.S. soil could push America into the realm of a full-fledged police state. [my emphasis]"