After the horrific attacks of 9/11, every member of Congress, except Russ Feingold, tripped over themselves to sign onto and pass the extremely restrictive, invasive and all-reaching USA Patriot Act. This law gave government agencies virtually unchecked power to delve into the lives of their citizenry.
Now come the likes of Bradley Manning, Aaron Swartz, and Edward Snowden committed to showing us how "the chickens have come home to roost." And now that these young men have gone out on a limb to inform the public of what could be construed as nefarious interloping by the government, many politicians are, in their hypocritical way, standing before microphones and expressing their faux outrage about the government spying itself. You can't have it both ways. You voted for the law that allows far-reaching tracking of U.S. citizens, most of whom are innocent, when real terrorists such as the Boston Marathon bombers fall off the radar. Does this law really make us safer?
Paraphrasing the great American patriot, Ben Franklin, when you sacrifice liberty in pursuit of security, eventually you end up with neither.