According to the government they both do not know what he took but also give us a huge number in regard to the files released. Snowdens own people put it at under 60,000. which of course does not include his "dead man's switch". Whether you believe one group or the other is up to the individual. But, from my point of view it has been the government that has reason to and has been doing the exaggeration in an effort to discredit Snowden. Snowden has not made a "data dump" as you put it but released the files slowly and carefully through his chosen advocates. Both people he released to are American, and outside the US is the safest way to do what needs to be done. They have conviction, but having it does not mean they should be stupid and trust the system in the USA, which has proved not only to be unsafe, but one that will do it's utmost to quash as much as it can anything detrimental to it. He didn't decide he was right, he gave people the chance to make up there own minds. certainly it is unknown how many of the judiciary agree or disagree, as yet I have not seen such a poll.
The Mafia? not a bad comparison, the main difference is that the mafia business model was known to be illegal, though Hoover ignored organised crime. Does anyone really believe the Mafia did not evolve? even dinosaurs evolved into birds and are among us now. These organisations just hide their crimes or are given a free ride by governments
No one is listening, except if they want to. They just need to not like you or what your doing, input the data needed to identify you to the "non person" and out comes all the data they have on you, now they just need to build a case on you, if their is none they have enough information to fake a case on you,make it look realistic, plant evidence digitally and physically, makes their job of dealing with trouble makers so much easier. The illusion of freedom is not freedom.
In the end we need to face the problem of how to fix the mess, we obviously can't trust "them" to fix it themselves, who could trust them. Maybe "Anonymous" would like the job, EJS and other whistleblowers could probably do it. They could also collect evidence of criminal activity within those department, and of collaborating business's, Esp business's that are part n parcel of the benefits. These people need to be hit hard with prosecution (minus the free pardons)
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