keep people from knowing what you're really up to. Unfortunately, in a democracy also included with those suspicious "outsiders" is the citizenry, though we are of course assured this is for our protection. Without oversight there is no proof, only trust. This is a one-way road.
Ed Snowdon is being charged with spying for doing what journalists used to do, like expose government overreach. If he is a spy for exposing how much we citizens are being spyed upon then WE become the enemy of a security state. With secrecy addiction the end is totalitarianism. Without transparency democracy is eventually lost. We must realize that this is the road we are on. Ed Snowdon is simply doing the job that investigative journalists used to do before the market emasculated them.
This week I was thrown out of a parking lot where I was memorizing Shakespeare because I looked suspicious pacing back and forth. On the road to perfect security every act becomes suspicious! Fortunately we have not yet lost our democracy. We all must stand up for the constitution and the power of the people in the face of the creeping secrecy of the authoritarian state!