PRISM ... Whistleblower...
A whistleblower (whistle-blower or whistle blower) is a person who exposes misconduct, alleged dishonest or illegal activity occurring in an organization. The alleged misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health and safety violations, and corruption. Whistleblowers may make their allegations internally (for example, to other people within the accused organization) or externally (to regulators, law enforcement agencies, to the media or to groups concerned with the issues).
One of the first laws that protected whistleblowers was the 1863 United States False Claims Act (revised in 1986), which tried to combat fraud by suppliers of the United States government during the Civil War. The act encourages whistleblowers by promising them a percentage of the money recovered or damages won by the government and protects them from wrongful dismissal.
Whistleblowers frequently face reprisal, sometimes at the hands of the organisation or group which they have accused, sometimes from related organisations, and sometimes under law.
Questions about the legitimacy of whistle blowing, the moral responsibility of whistle blowing, and the appraisal of the institutions of whistle blowing are part of the field of political ethics.
For me there is way too much discussion about the moral aspects of the blower and his actions while the misconduct of the so-called intelligence services obviously of all coloeurs seems to be taken as an unavoidable or like something without alternative. Even if there was no alternative why are we never told the truth and why would what Snowden did then be illegal?
Carpe diem and thank you: Edward!
p.s.: Reader: I hope you are aware that those so-called services, Prism, Tempora, Echelon, etc. pp now monitored you reading the above, watching the video... and should you not have left this site after reading the headline for less than 6.54 seconds you are now followed day and night, whatever you google, you read, write, copy or delete, for at least an unknown time period - only, to store the evidence found in case they come across you or your clan again... and they will:
Welcome to the Club!