Re: What I worry about
Seeking asylum in Russia was not Snowden's choice, but a necessity because in any other place the US would have hunted him down to bring him back to the US for what will obviously be an unfair trial.
And you are wrong, Snowden single handedly did more for national security than any of the goons at the NSA, CIA, FBI, White House, military, Congress or whatever dysfunctional club we have. The administration showed its ineptitude with Snowden. Instead of hunting him down like a rabid dog they should have thrown him a big thank you party, give him some medals, give him tenure, buy him a nice house, and follow his advice. That would all have been better and less embarrassing than having the collected information leak out to the world. But that would have required foresight and intelligence, something totally lacking in the fire first, ask no questions second crowd in DC.
Snowden isn't against spying or against national security, what he could no longer do is sit idly by and watch masses of innocent people getting their personal information abused for no reason. Ever saw the movie "The life of others"? It is about the doings of the East German Staatssicherheit who spied on pretty much everyone in East German for ridiculous or no reasons at all runing the lives of many people. This is exactly the same that the NSA is doing and all the control and oversight that Congress should have is no longer there because the NSA and other agencies became a self-serving, self-centered, uncontrolled bunch that only exists to secure its own existance even if none of their work generates any tangible results. All that effort, time, and yes, money spent would have been much better used for improving relationships and economic well-being in those countries that have terrorist camps. Happy people with a job, enough to eat, housing, and a future do not build bombs and they will easily take care of those few religious nutballs that despite all that have stupid ideas.