Since when did so many Americans, especially those who once fought for civil liberties, become so trusting in government? Our Founders, at least many of them, had a profound distrust of government, but they believed a central government was needed to deal with security issues and to settle disputes by rule of law. Government wasn't designed, though, to be trusted -- government was limited by the Constitution because government can't be trusted to limit its own power.
Since the the turn of the 20th century, especially, propaganda campaigns created to brainwash the American public regarding the wonders of a progressive, interventionist government have had their effects, and now it appears most Americans have no problem trusting government even when shown that government is violating the Constitution and officials are lying to us on a regular basis. What Snowden has uncovered regarding NSA's violation of the 4th Amendment should be enough to force a change of government, but there's more anger at the whistleblower and the journalist who enabled the whistleblower to get his information out than there is anger at government officials and elected representatives who allow it to happen.
All that the administration had to do was send out a General with brass on his chest to make a baseless claim that Snowden has endangered national security, and everyone swallows it and screams for Snowden's head. It's like over half the American public has been trained to respond to the government's commands. This submission to authority is so un-American it's scary. No one has made a case that Snowden's information has hurt national security, and Snowden is traveling to China and Russia because he wants to complete what he started -- he has to avoid arrest, so these countries are his best route. The silly, sophomoric taunts that he must like tyrants are wearing thin. There's no evidence that Snowden has given information to Russia or China that puts us at risk. The Snowden attackers have acted as if Snowden has been walking around China and Russia with a laptop in his hands with the information on the laptop.
Snowden said he gave the information to journalists, so that they can decide what is dangerous to national security. There's no evidence Snowden has been held by Russian and Chinese intelligence and forced to give up information. Greenwald has stated that they, the media who received the information, took care with the information given to them, and so far I've seen nothing that comes close to information that should be top-secret to start with. Americans need to pay attention to what our government is building, because it's a structure that is designed to control and manipulate information -- this is how tyrannical governments come into being. This information system being built can be used for political purposes, and whoever controls the information controls everything. But the authorities have told you to trust government, so Americans are safe and secure -- they told you so. Holy crap, wake up.