To those at the NSA who are just awakening to the new reality that people are, now and forevermore, going to hate you whether you deserve it or not, I can only say "Welcome to my world. Learn to deal with it. It'll drive you nuts if you don't."
Or they could find honest work that betters society. It's hard to feel sorry for them when you read about how much more they make than the rest of the US.
Morale should be low, "the public" doesn't want them to do what they're doing. They are a threat to democracy. The US has long been a threat to any Democratic Government that doesn't favor it, just read about the "Other 9/11".
The fact of the matter is, they are pawns to non-Democratic interests that do nothing to serve the American People as a whole. They serve big monied interest, mega corporations and conglomerates protecting their entrenched positions and bottom lines. Concepts like "freedom," and "liberty" are merely espoused to make the rank and file feel warm and fuzzy about their unconstitutional work, which is ironically the biggest threat to "freedom" and "liberty" that we face today. Higher ups get corrupted by the power. All the rank and file should know, the moment you expose any sort of inconvenient truth, the full weight and force of the apparatus you served will be turned on you and you yourself can be labelled a "domestic terrorist." Just look at the case of Julia Davis which has open court records that backup such facts.
When you job helps create and maintain a system where ordinary citizens can be assassinated and political discourse controlled in the most un-democratic of manners, you -should- feel bad. But hey, if you're working through a contracting firm, I bet that big tax-payer funded pay check will go a long way to making you feel better.
Anyway, it's hard to believe the NSA isn't adept at finding the sociopaths focused purely on career advancement and power gain that it needs. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe there is some big boogie man we need to be worried about, but if there is, they've done a really bad job of informing the public as to what actual danger, besides inconvenient truths and things that worry big MegaCorp, they are protecting against. Maybe if we didn't focus on fucking with the rest of the world so much people wouldn't want to strike at us.