Snowden deserves the Medal of Honor because the NSA in their greed to be able to hack everyone, has undermined the entire economy globally. They created intentional weak links in security software that they could break and placed at risk the entire world economy because they were too stupid to realize that leaving back-doors open for them means others will find them as well.
EMC Corp, told current customers of its RSA, the security arm of storage company, that a toolkit for developers had a default random-number generator using the weak formula, and that Snowden revealed that the National Institute of Standards and Technology was in league with the NSA.
This need to know what everyone is doing everywhere is insane. They are following the same pattern that marks the fall of every empire, nation, or city-state from the time of Athens, Rome, Venetian Empire with its Mouth of truth, to the very issue of Writs of Assistance issued by the King of England that sparked the American Revolution. The Supreme Court itself described precisely what the NSA has been doing and how evil it truly is contributing to the spark that ignited the American Revolution:
In order to ascertain the nature of the proceedings intended by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution under the terms “unreasonable searches and seizures,” it is only necessary to
recall the contemporary or then recent history of the controversies on the subject, both in this country and in England. The practice had obtained in the colonies of issuing writs of assistance to the revenue officers, empowering them, in their discretion, to search suspected places for smuggled goods, which James Otis pronounced
“the worst instrument of arbitrary power, the most destructive of English liberty, and the fundamental principles of law, that ever was found in an English law book;”
since they placed “the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer.” [Footnote 3] This was in February, 1761, in Boston, and the famous debate in which it occurred was perhaps the most prominent event which inaugurated the resistance of the colonies to the oppressions of the mother country. “Then and there,” said John Adams,
“then and there was the first scene of the first act of opposition to the arbitrary claims of Great Britain. Then and there, the child Independence was born.”
The Writs of Assistance allowed the King’s agents to just enter your home and search through everything just to see if there was anything they could find to use against you. This led to the Fourth Amendment whereby the government can search only on Probably Cause, meaning they must have something defined in advance to search for – not just random let’s see what we can find. Judges have gutted the Fourth Amendment whereby today the government claims they found something and that outweighs the Constitution. If gold was illegal to own and they searched your house randomly today, kiss it goodbye for you will be hard pressed to find a Federal Judge uphold the Constitution any more. Today – the ends truly justifies the means. The Feds kidnap people in foreign countries and bring them to court in the USA. The standard reply from a federal judge about illegal kidnapping – whatever happened in a foreign land is not their concern – only that the person stands in front of them now. This is the purpose of appointing former prosecutors as judges. There can be no rule of law left.
The NSA has achieved the same thing as the old Writs of Assistance and just randomly search anyone and everywhere they desire. They are bugging Europe, the UN and communications between heads of state such as Brazil and Mexico. This has nothing to do with terrorism. This has to do with their obsession to know what everyone is doing at all times. They are the American Stasi.