:twocents: What are people's thoughts on this guy who claims to be the source of the leaks over the NSA data mining of all persons in the US who have a phone, use the internet, or a mobile device, without the requirements of a warrant or any suspicion whatsoever? We know the program exists because the Bush administration authorized this, following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, as part of the PATRIOT Act (which Obama expanded when he became president, and granted even greater spying power) but hardly as broad or large as is being claimed following these so-called leaks by one "Edward Snowden". I think he's on a script. The timing is suspicious, with his purpose, he says, is to prove the news about the NSA "spying" to be true. This looks a lot like a perfect example of fabricated political dissent to reinforce the fear of government intimidation; convincing the public to feel afraid to speak against the government believing they'll be prosecuted as a result of being wrongfully monitored. Basically meaning, this guy is here to tell us "hey, if you doubt all of this widespread surveillance that all the companies the government claims to be hacking, including Facebook, which all adamantly prove their servers and access to user data is virtually impossible without being noticed, that you're wrong to believe those facts and that it is true the government is watching you at all times." It's a fear tactic and I think that Snowden is following a script with this purpose. There is no such thing as "former CIA". This is the beginning of the era of crimethink.