The vindictiveness of those embarrassed by Snowden’s whistle blowing burns a Bonfire of Surveillance State Vanity for anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear. The same can be said of the “treatment” Imperial jackals provided for Bradley Manning. Law is not an issue. Terror is deemed the most efficient form of “justice”(cf. JSOC Night Raids, Signature Drone Strikes, Militarized Police, old Espionage Act wine poured into new skin and used against Dissent).
Remember Obama’s opening words to the world when he proudly announced the due process free execution of a useful and powerless bogeyman: “Justice was done.” He placed his cards on the table that night. America cheered.