Snowden told the Guardian that he realized he was risking incarceration by revealing the government’s spying programs, but he wanted the public to know the truth about the massive domestic surveillance being conducted by the Obama Administration that routinely invalidates your right to privacy.
“What they’re doing poses an existential threat to democracy”, he warned, and also said that the NSA “routinely lies to Congress,” which would be a crime. Snowden has become a man without a country and without a passport, on the run from the US injustice system.
What is your secret government doing? Once upon a time, it was Gay Edgar Hoover spying on the rich and powerful to blackmail them and control the country. The NSA has access to all of your phone records. Who you talk to is not private. If you are a reporter doing a story on the government's criminal actions, you may have all of your contacts compromised by this new reality of Big Brother watching you. They also look at every web site you go to, if they so choose. They routinely record every single cell phone conversation in US airwaves and use automated algorithms to search billions of conversations for key words, like "bomb' or "jihad," or maybe even "I believe in First Amendment Rights." This is an unprecedented invasion of personal privacy. In the name of "security," we have traded away our liberty. Our Nation, founded on the principles of freedom and liberty for all, has conducted secret surveillance on over one million American subversives, people who don't like the government and so the CIA opens a file on them. This was prior to the Patriot Act, which basically took away many of our rights.
For all the flag waving hullabaloo about democracy and justice and freedom for all, America is sorely lacking in all.
In my experience, true democracy only exists in Israel, where all political sides are given a voice and a vote, albeit chaotic at times. The USA is not a true democracy, as we saw clearly in the presidential elections of 2000.
I fear my own secret government MORE than I fear foreign terrorists. Men in Black really exist in America..