They laughed at me and called me paranoid and gullible. Sure sucks when the tinfoil-hat crowd is right.
And that is precisely what's so special about the whole Snowden affair. Lots of people claim outrageous things all of the time. Conspiracy theories and stunning revelations are a dime a dozen. Without any confirmed sources or any kind of acknowledgement by the involved parties, the impact those stories have is about par with urban legends. The documents leaked by Snowden are different because their authenticity has been confirmed by the NSA itself (I'm still not sure exactly why they did that, seems like a bad move on their part).