My (tongue-in-cheek) thinking was that if all children grew up believing that they were evil, then they wouldn't trust themselves with power. And if that were the case, then we wouldn't be in the present situation with government officials so convinced of their own goodness and trustworthiness that they can't understand how they might be doing something wrong.
I thought this would help people understand that whistleblowing is NOT a viable option, that it is actually a DANGEROUS option that often leads to prosecution or unemployment. But I think most people who play through the game get pissed off when they see that whistleblowing leads to some pretty undesirable consequences. Is there any way to convince people that this is true?
This is spot on. The NSA is in its own bubble, and oversight is failing because the watchers are in the same bubble. They believe the same garbage that the NSA believes and no one in their bubble is questioning it. The only way to achieve real oversight is to involve the public.
Spying on leadership is a concern to people like us, but the Average Joe can't understand its effect. If you want to change his opinion, then you need a sensational story about the NSA spying on his wimmin.
This is why it's so important for whistleblowers to be FREE, and not locked up like Manning was with no access to the press - so when bullshit like this comes from the government, he can defend himself.
Exactly. The impact of leaks is very easily undermined if the leaker can't defend himself in the public arena. Snowden was smart to flee.