> What exactly goes through their minds?
"I'm just doing my job." Just like you they have families too that need to be fed.
Whether it's being a jack booted thug violating laws in order to spy on everyone or escorting prisoners to the gas^H^H^Hshower chamber and then disposing of the bodies in an oven, these people are merely doing their job and getting paid for it.
Why ask beyond that?
Slashdot talks the big talk but when it comes down to it, whistleblowing is HARD. Standing up for what's right it HARD. Fucking AC's talking the shit. People DO actually think of their families, their lives, their own personal well being. It's human nature. I'm not saying that people shouldn't stand up for what's right, I'm saying that it's a fucking hard thing to do. Snowden and the like gave up *everything* to do what's right.
I'm for one am glad I don't have to choose between my loving family and a cold solitary cell just to give everyone else some information about some menial spy program that lets the government snoop on me the same way corporations are. It would be a FUCKING HARD THING TO DO, and you all should take time to think about that seriously. Heap praise on those who have the courage to do the right thing, but don't pile on to those who don't. You're very likely in the camp that wouldn't stand up in that situation.
Reminds me of This comic.