The recent revelations from Mr. Snowden about our government and data mining has sent people in this country in a tizzy. Some think he is a hero while others have called him a traitor, either way Mr. Snowden has shaken this country from it's stupor. They have come to the realization that the government has information on them and that it has the gall to mine it and to actually allow the government to be 'spying' on them. It is an actual law that was passed and renewed, it is the Patriot Act. They are also shocked to find out that the government does so in secret and with secrecy. Just how secret is it when a lay person from a private firm can be going through data that the government is mining and with the full cooperation from communication and media companies?