The American people get to hear all kinds of gossip about a supposedly-secret governmental effort to enforce the law, but when the government has a plan to break the law, then we’re not allowed to hear the secrets at all.
The inspectors general tell us that we’re being spied against a lot – a whole lot – but they say that we can’t be told how we’re being watched by our government. How does that protect us from the spying? These inspectors general are toothless.
Consider the text of the FISA Amendments Act that the Associated Press article doesn’t actually include. The “emergencies” that the Associated Press refers to are not classic states of emergency. Rather, they are only declarations by the Attorney General of the United States that some unnamed person in some unnamed place might come to some unspecified kind of harm if the spying doesn’t take place.