Subm writes: Are Snowden, Manning, Ellsberg, and their peers modern day versions of Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine, John Hancock, and their peers? We hold the latter group as the definition of patriots to the U.S., but before independence they were traitors to the King. Support from other colonists took decades to build. Will future historians see the former group as patriots like the nation's founders? How much has the U.S. Government become the tyrannical King we faught for freedom from? Joshua Spodek examines these questions. Of course, separated by centuries there are many differences, but what of the similarities? What do you think? How much does the present resemble history and what can we learn from it?