Snowden, Edward Snowden.
You see this guy's interview? How much more pretentiously self-important could he be? His awareness of the "glamour" and "intrigue" of the moment makes it hard to think that he isn't doing this just to become a celeb?
The knots we're all working ourselves into are actually slip knots, and not all that hard to untie. No one should be the least bit shocked by any revelation from Snowden. Well, other than, perhaps the fact that he claims that a low-level private contractor like himself could take down the entire global intelligence network from his cubicle.
People are trying to act serious about the outrage over losing privacy at the hands of evil government hands. Don't believe me? Check all the twitter and facebook posts about it!
So, the NSA is collecting phone records, email records, web searches, etc. Personally, I've pretty much assumed this was going on. I also assume that they are so poorly staffed that they don't have enough people to actually sit down and go line by line through any of it. Granted, if they get a blip about or from someone, I have no doubt that they are a few key strokes away from pulling up absolutely everything about that person or persons.
Now, think back to when we all had landline phones. Remember every month when you got the detailed phone bill with all the numbers you called, call times and rates? No doubt, such things are still in some database somewhere. Why too, would there not be a database of modern proportions?
We never thought far enough ahead when the Internet age got rolling to realize that this could be an eventual possibility, though we should have, right? After all, Al Gore created the Internet, and he was working for the Government.
Should we be angered? Relieved? Suspicious? All of the above? Maybe. But we should not be at all surprised.