Snowden is just a distraction from the real culprits.
Personally I’m a lot more concerned about these companies that seem to exist for no other reason than to collect taxpayer dollars on make work projects. I’m also concerned about how people like James Clapper and many others can slip back and forth between executive positions with these companies and official government positions.
Exactly!!! NSA expanded so much due to pressure from many contractors who are getting rich. They could not get richer unless the NSA greatly expanded its mission to collect all electronic and telephonic transmission that goes on within US borders and a lot that goes on beyond.
Also including those contractors who build the NSA facilities in Utah and Ft Mead Maryland. They want to get richer too.