So we're not paranoid. NSA spying really was being abused for political purposes.
If anyone has questions about why Edward Snowden chose not to go through the proper channels to try to get something done about the NSA datamining, it seems likely Snowden saw what happened to these former NSA whistleblowers and decided it would be a complete waste of time.
"The government is not trying to protect [secrets about NSA surveillance] from the terrorists," former NSA official Bill Binney says. "It’s trying to protect knowledge of that program from the citizens of the United States."
Democracy Now did a follow up this Friday on their previous segment I posted here -- James Bamford: NSA is Building the World's Largest Spy Center. This story of course is being ignored again by our corporate media and is terrifying quite frankly as to the amount of data they're collecting and the abuses and potential abuses that are inevitable when you allow anyone access to this much personal information about their fellow citizens.