An anonymous reader writes: Crikey warns that government obsession with secrecy while violating its own citiziens' privacy has backfired. We've also learnt that government employees will abuse private information. They can't help it. There have been 15,000 cases of NSA employees abuses (including stalking women) and all over the world police and even city employees abuse private data about citizens, and is now harming relations amongst friendly nations, undermining business and public trust in the governent. Was it worth it? Crikey argues not.