This is like saying the financial crisis wasn't a foreseeable crisis as soon as Clinton let Glass/Steagall lapse. Every law that ends up reaching beyond its original intention has a million authors crying "But that's not what we meant". When what it really is is lazy legislating because they don't foresee all the ways the law can be perverted. In fact they write loopholes into the laws. Every Congress has done it. Much the same way lawyers and accountants pour over the tax code to find a tax break, WH lawyers pour over laws, writing papers, all about how a certain law applies to the current situation. Have the last 13 years taught us nothing?
The writers of the Patriot Act are not innocent here. I said it then and I say it now. It is a bad piece of legislation that we the people have suffered every day for. Pissed because a new President expanded on an already unconstitutional law [imo]? Where were you when the Patriot Act was passed, and where were you when it was re-authorized? Because I saw the potential abuse of the law back when, and preached to a complacent majority around here to no avail. Welcome to my club. I'm glad you now see it, and I am glad you see how this administration has expanded upon the law, but please don't throw out an author's lament about "that's not what we meant" because that was exactly what it had the potential to mean.
And get ready, come 2016, we'll have another President promising to never use this power against the people of the US in order to get elected, but tell me, will you ever believe any administration again?