for benign or benevolent mass surveillance by the government of its people. In the last 5,000 years, a government spying on its citizens means blackbagging people, stifling speech, and crushing dissenters.
Some are saying, and I might agree, Edward Snowden is a plant, who has not done anything for any of our freedoms, but has at least primed us for more propaganda. There is definitely something to this criticism of his releases – NSA whistleblowers have been speaking out for years while being completely ignored by the MSM. Is Snowden helping or hurting us at this point?
But can we ever go back?