They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Our founding fathers were quite aware of the trials and costs of tyranny. In writing the Constitution of the United States of America the preamble reads: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Each and every one of us are included in "we the people." Our government including officials both elected and appointed are our representatives; enacting laws and doing work in our best interest. The Constitution frames the basis of our government by checks and balances. Perhaps we should carefully note what work is being done. The formerly secret information Mr. Snowden has exposed allows us the opportunity to evaluate the particulars surrounding these issues of privacy, justice & defense and voice our opinions concerning the effects on our general welfare. America where is our voice?