As time moves on, it has become clear that my earlier enthusiasm for what Edward Snowden did was premature. As more information has been revealed, it becomes clear that Snowden was not the "Hero of the Republic" I described, but neither is he the traitor that others have made him out to be.
... Taking a slight tangent at this point, I note that the NSA apparently also has the cell phone records of all 11 million criminal aliens in this country. Now, they failed to catch Maj. Hassan, shoe bomber, the underwear bomber, and the Boston bombers, even though those bombers exhibited what is known as probable cause. Indeed, the claim that these programs have stopped dozens of terrorists we never heard about is suspicious. But, why couldn't they find these "shadows" the criminal aliens are hiding in.
Read, as they say, the Whole Thing.