I kind of feel like this article missed the point. That being, the government wants to hire people who don't rock the boat, do what their told, and keep their head down and their eyes on their own paper. I worked in government and tried to improve my department. Now here I am, no longer working for the government.
Edward Snowden does not fit that mold though. As a go-getter, he was brilliant, but the bar is set so low in government that I'm not sure he would actually qualify as brilliant in private industry.
I've read a number of old, retired police officers comment on the state of law enforcement as it currently stand. One of them felt as though the concept of "serving and protecting" has be almost completely lost. He also stated that when he went out on patrol, he basically assumed he would have to give his life to protect a citizen and just wondered if today was that day.
Now, I constantly hear about "getting cops home safe." If cops feel the need to get home safe, maybe they need a new job. Especially if part of getting home safe involves dealing out justice off-the-cuff by shooting people willy-nilly.
A prime example in Indianapolis recently was a comment by a commander with regard to police shooting a young man. He said, "The kid made a mistake and paid with his life." That doesn't sound like serving and protecting; it sounds like threatening. Not to mention they were pretty sure the guy was the one who tried to carjack a lady, but what if he wasn't?
We'll know the results of this study based on whether or not it sees the light of day. If it actually comes out, it will agree with Rockafeller's conclusions. If we never hear about this again, it will be quite obvious that there is simply no connection.
Being of a libertarian bent, I always interpreted that as meaning that things should be pushed to the lower tier of government when possible. Meaning, if the Constitution doesn't say the Federal government has jurisdiction, then you push it down to the States or lower.
Basically, always err to the people, not to the Feds.
Honestly, in the videos of Obama defending the NSA, he seems nervous and unsure, which is not typical of him. Kind of makes you wonder if 1) he is lying or 2) if he is under some kind of duress in saying these things because they have dirt on him. It just seems weird.
By that logic, Snowden should have just kept his face shut, but not too many are upset about what he did. Seems to me that people shouldn't be the only ones standing up against these atrocities. Corporations (Verizon, Google, and all the others) should have put a foot down. It seems they bent over rather quickly.