National Security is meant to protect Americans from enemies..not to treat Americans AS the enemy. The present administration has the following operations in play...use of the Internal Revenue Service to harass and limit activities of Conservative organizations; NSA monitoring datamining of all communications carried by the world's largest carrier; and today I'm reading about the NSA specifically reading the communications and listening to calls by Afghanistan war veterans for anti-government views. We already are seeing the VA sending letters to war vets telling them they can limit their right to own weapons. This isn't paranoia...these are pesky things called facts.
I am not quite as interested in whether or not Mr. Snowden is a criminal or a hero as I am bothered by the actions of the current administration. I assume Mr. Snowden was not read in on SCI operations. That means he probably resorted to some sort of malicious activity to acquire this information. Personally I see that as someone else' problem. I am much more concerned that our friends and collegues in the NSA including General Clapper (who btw....lied to Congress and should face charges) cannot be trusted.
Love of country is Patriotism. Putting country above self is Patriotism. Patriotism is not partisan and has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with honoring or supporting the tyrant that the sheep re-elected in November. We have a willfully disengaged media, an executive branch that tramples the Bill of Rights as if it is just so much inconvenient nonsense (especially the 2nd and 4th Amendments) and apparently constant threat of harm from these criminals. But ya...this IT nerd high school dropout hanging out in Hong Kong is the biggest threat. Kinda like some Youtube video that no one ever saw in September got an Ambassador murdered.