“Perhaps it’s time to suggest that the post-Snowden pendulum has swung too far in one direction — in a direction of fear and mistrust,” Comey said. “It is time to have open and honest debates about liberty and security.”"
This is why Comey or the FBI, or anyone else in U.S. federal government cannot be trusted right now on privacy. Statements such as this, full of untruths and misleading assertions. Comey is either lying or is completely ignorant of the issues involved.
We know the U.S. government is actually "sweeping up all of our communications", and on a scale we never even imagined. Snowden has provided ample proof of this, none of which has been successfully refuted by the state.
And it is the federal government that is not only unwilling to have an "open and honest debates about liberty and security", but is actively preventing it by claiming national security to prevent any openness on the subject. Law enforcement around the U.S. is engaged in utmost secrecy in using all kinds of spying technology to snoop on private citizens with little to no oversight, asserting coercive powers they should have no right to in a free society. But Comey claims we should trust them, just because.
The likes of Lockheed Martin have good reason to fear Chinese hackers and spies, but the only hackers private citizens should fear other than criminals, are those working for the U.S. government paid to spy on their own citizens.