Let’s be honest here: is the NSA secretly trying to institute a totalitarian society? Probably not. Is Admiral Kieth Alexander entitled to some bit of “leeway” even though his organization clearly overstepped its legal mandate? Most likely. But interpretation of the Law is not really an area where spies, politicians, and the military have a great track record. John Oliver is irreverent but still manages to express the underlying problem with “good intentions” and government monitoring.