“One of the many ways in which Snowden’s leaks have damaged our national security is by driving a wedge between the government and providers and technology companies, so that some companies that formerly recognized that protecting our nation was a valuable and important public service now feel compelled to stand in opposition,”
That wedge was put there because the national security organizations started to confuse “protecting our nation” with basic human decency.
I bet dollars to doughnuts that the people working in these technology companies have always been opposed to the unlawful use of technology as a way to justify the ends. The difference is that they are now aware of it and are embolden to speak up in support of their morals.
Besides, only an idiot would suggest that national security and personal privacy are exclusive modes of thought and operation.1
I know that Ben Franklin quote is woefully overused in cases where one is talking about liberty, but damn if it isn’t such a fitting remark.↩