What if Snowden's leak is a trick to make the data legal, and then use it against us?Submitted by limelemon on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 09:24
Snowden in an interview with Greenwald:
...this is something that's not our place to decide, the public needs to decide whether these programs and policies are right or wrong.
...eventually you realize that these things need to be determined by the public and not by somebody who was simply hired by the government.
From Economic Policy Journal:
Are the Data Collection Leaks Just a Set Up by the Government? ... I suspect what may be going on is that the USG may be wanting to use in court cases some of the data they are collecting. BUT in order to do this, they have to acknowledge they have the data in the first place, which may be what the leak is all about.
Now that the public is aware this data is collected, Congress will hold hearings, not resulting in the end of the practice, but to ultimately set "guidelines" on when it can be used.
[N]ow that this data collection is being made public, to me the real danger is that the government is now going to be able to openly use it against its subjects--which may have been the purpose of the leaks in the first place.