It’s was a tough week for the National Security Agency. Not only did the President’s handpicked review panel recommend sharply curtailing the agency’s telephony metadata program, but another Snowden leak revealed that NSA’s overseas surveillance is directed at some rather odd targets – like UNICEF (the UN’s children’s fund) and a medical relief group that sends doctors to conflict zones. A delegation of execs from leading Internet and telecom companies gave the President an earful about how the revelations about U.S. surveillance practices are hurting their businesses. Perhaps most significantly, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held, in Klayman et al., v. Obama, that the metadata program is probably unconstitutional. And, to add salt to the wounds, both the court and the review group found that there is no evidence that the program has been especially useful in preventing terrorist attacks. You can’t blame agency officials if they feel like they’ve been Scrooged.