Just because a program is “within the law” doesn’t make it right. Just because a government might have the best of intentions (and that’s assuming a lot) doesn’t make their actions right.
By the way…Snowden wasn’t the first to try and warn us of the dangers of the surveillance state. Here’s Thomas Drake, prosecuted for similar “leaks”:
At least one of our political class gets it:
Here’s one of our best legal minds on the situation, Judge Andrew Napolitano: