Fox News:

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) told FOX Business Network that he fears the U.S. government may try to assassinate the whistleblower who leaked information about National Security Administration surveillance programs to the media.
In an interview with FOX Business on Tuesday, Paul said he was worried that someone within the U.S. government might try to use a missile to kill Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old who has been the source of information about two top secret NSA programs.
Ron Paul is nuts, his supporters are nuts, and you should do your best not to end up in the same foxhole with their kind. True, NSA's power needs to be checked, but I'm far more terrified of the ideology of individualism than I'm of any kind of secret agency. Even the Chinese "artist" Ai Weiwei sees the whole business as an attack on the sacred ideology of American individualism:
I lived in the United States for 12 years. This abuse of state power goes totally against my understanding of what it means to be a civilised society, and it will be shocking for me if American citizens allow this to continue. The US has a great tradition of individualism and privacy and has long been a centre for free thinking and creativity as a result.
Americans tend to be weak for this sort of stuff. But here is the real deal, real matter, what we remain with when the babble has been boiled away: In the early 00s, when the FBI were, for the purpose of detecting terrorists and drug dealers, given power to monitor bank accounts and activities, they found almost no terrorists but instead rampant mortgage fraud. The FBI actually went public and warned the government and press of this financially dangerous situation in 2004, but the government and public did nothing about it. I kid you not. Nothing:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Rampant fraud in the mortgage industry has increased so sharply that the FBI warned Friday of an "epidemic" of financial crimes which, if not curtailed, could become "the next S&L crisis."
Assistant FBI Director Chris Swecker said the booming mortgage market, fueled by low interest rates and soaring home values, has attracted unscrupulous professionals and criminal groups whose fraudulent activities could cause multibillion-dollar losses to financial institutions.
"It has the potential to be an epidemic," said Swecker, who heads the Criminal Division at FBI headquarters in Washington. "We think we can prevent a problem that could have as much impact as the S&L crisis," he said.
Not one arrest was made, no whistleblowers were hiding in exotic cities, no public outrage about their banking business being monitored by the Feds.