This is so important it needs to be repeated. A former president says NSA surveillance is destroying our democracy, making it non-functional. Significantly, this was originally reported in Spiegel, translated by UPI, yet somehow almost completely ignored by major US news outlets.
[Snowden has] “obviously violated the laws of America, for which he’s responsible, but I think the invasion of human rights and American privacy has gone too far. I think that the secrecy that has been surrounding this invasion of privacy has been excessive, so I think that the bringing of it to the public notice has probably been, in the long term, beneficial.”