We want reliance on technology, and moreover, that technology should be free of human bias or error. We could, one supposes, train computers to police each other and leave out people. Is that what we want? Do Americans even know what we want, in terms of policing the national security state itself? That is the bigger question and one deserving of public scrutiny.
Never mind Edward Snowdon. The lockdown of the national security state in reaction to its perceived threats is more fearsome by far than whistleblowers, whoever they may be.
I disagree with the political chafing between Democrats and Republicans in Congress and the competition, who is most patriotic in condemning Snowdon's disclosures. One wonders if anyone in the Beltway grasps how the United States throwing official fits of pique against Russia, China, and Ecuador casts dismal shadows over US intentions to project of democracy around the world.
Edward Snowdon is having fifteen minutes of fame. Even without the hysterics, he is a young man who surrendered his own security. Let him go.