Hell hath no fury like that of politicians whose criminal acts have been exposed.
That's why almost all members of the U.S. political class and its academic, media, and military-industrial complex supporters are screaming for the head of Edward Snowden. Mr. Snowden simply made public that officialdom has expanded the surveillance state to the point that it spies on and monitors all electronic communications of those it distrusts -- namely all of the nation's citizens.
Furthermore, his revelations exposed as outright lies the statements of officials who have testified thatsuch things were not being done.
Don't look for any of those public officials to be called to account for having committed perjury. After all, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's highest ranking law enforcement official, routinely commits perjury when he testifies before congressional committees and nothing is ever done about that. One such perjurer even has stated that his testimony was "the least untruthful" he could have given.
On the other hand, in the case of Mr. Snowden, OFF WITH HIS HEAD.
The only "harm" caused by Mr. Snowden's revelations to date has been that they furthered the already existent and growing public distrust of the government. Those conspiring against the country have long assumed the monitoring of their postal and electronic communications by Big Brother.
Similarly motivated outrage still is being directed at, and vengeance is be wreaked on Bradley Manning, the soldier who revealed the routine commission of war crimes and other immoral conduct by the American defense, diplomatic, and intelligence establishments. While awaiting trial in a military star chamber proceeding, Mr. Manning was held in protracted tortuous confinement -- conditions far more barbarous than anything experienced by terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay.
The ruling class recognizes that crushing such conscience-driven young men is imperative lest an uncontrollable number of citizens join them to curb government that is excessive, self-serving, and anti-social.