One definition of “to watch out for” people is to watch over and care for them. For example, “When I was a kid, my older brother always watched out for me.”
That’s what the U. S. government says it’s doing by collecting so much information about its citizens. It’s trying to protect us from terrorists.
On the other hand, some of us think of another use of the term — we would like “to watch out for” people in government having too much power with no accountability or oversight. As we’ve recently seen from the IRS scandal, it’s tempting for people in government to use their power against their political enemies, not just enemies of the country.
What about you? Do you think the National Security Agency has been given too much authority to collect data and listen to phone calls without a warrant? Or do you think the program makes the U.S. safer? Do you think this article is unfair in calling the NSA the Keystone Cops for giving someone with Snowden’s limited background so much access and power?