As individuals who assault women or children eventually must face true accusations, so the state eventually pays for what it does to the people and institutions who trust it to preserve and protect the republic and its constitution. The state cannot escape history’s judgment, or ours. It never does.
No strength of numbers can unite people who know Snowden, Drake, and Manning speak the truth, who can corroborate what they say, since the law says they must go to prison if they reveal government’s secrets. They face the same choice, alone, that civil resisters face under the national security state: be quiet or go to jail.