It strikes me as really short sighted and naive to think of his actions as a "good thing" or heroic.
Like it or not, simple reality dictates that in order for the our government to protect us, it's citizens, some secrets must be kept...PERIOD.
I'm afraid that anyone who would argue against that point is simply living in a fantasy world....
I have the opposite point of view. Thugs are attracted to political power, and anyone who trusts them with secret surveillance, secret courts, militarized police, for-profit prisons, warrantless searches, etc. is naive. Anyone who thinks the folks who bailed out their banker buddies at our expense, who impose programs on us and exempt themselves, will act in our best interest behind closed doors is living in a fantasy world. If you give bureaucrats the authority to make decisions for you and the power to force your compliance, they will abuse that power. If you allow big government, you get big government. Not just the parts you like, you get the whole thing.
If I had to choose one, I'd rather have protection from the government than protection from terrorists.
Usurpation of civil rights is a gradual process. The government takes a little bite of the apple, let's the dust settle, and takes another bite. Eventually only a rotten core remains. Most folks don't even realize - or care - that the apple is gone. They forget they even had an apple.
You can go all "Ted Kaczynski" if you want, build yourself a cabin, move out to the woods, and drop off the grid if you'd like...
However, most of us realize we need a government....Sure, how big, how powerful, how much, etc. etc. is open for debate. But the ALL Government is evil and bad, strikes me as a little extreme."If I had to choose one, I'd rather have protection from the government than protection from terrorists."
....While this sounds bold and noble, I'm willing to bet that a vast majority of the 3,000 people who lost their life on 9/11/2001, as well as their families and friends would probably disagree with you. Granted, my government has done some things I'm not overly proud of, but I haven't seen them flying any planes into buildings filled with innocent victims, or beheading anyone with a sword on TV.
How many 9/11 type incidents are you willing to stomach before you change your opinion? One every decade? One every year? One every month? Once a week? Do you really think it's blind stupid luck that we haven't had another major event in nearly 12 years.
Back to my original point....I respect and appreciate your fears of big government and the abuse of power, I share a lot of them. Our founding fathers were pretty sharp, and realized the possibility of these dangers. Therefore, they built a government, while not perfect, better than anything else that has ever existed....One that has checks and balances, one that has ways of handling overreaches and abuses of power.
However, allowing some 20 year old snot-nosed punk to independently decide that "he knows best" in regards to what secrets the government can and cannot keep, has never been viewed as acceptable concerning the security of our country. Look back in history to the early years of our country and see how these people were dealt with.....as traitors, because that's what they are!