NSA surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden outs himself. Presumably our own intelligence services will do the same, if they are not doing so already. Obama defends NSA surveillance. Since no state ever voluntarily ceded a shred of its power, there is nothing to be done about that short of refusing ever to use a phone or computer, stocking up on tinned food, hiding in the hills, and waiting for Armageddon. There is no denying the disappointment of this inveterate Kool-Aid guzzler. NSA collection of Verizon phone records 'thwarted domestic terror plot'. Yet he encouraged us to view him as superhuman with the grandiose talk of pushing back the rising seas, and fuelled his insurgent campaign with high octane promises to curtail surveillance that has dramatically increased on his watch.