Personally, I think it was courageous for what he did because well he will never be coming home again because of it. I think he could have easily voiced his dissatisfaction is a different manner. To anyone that thought our government would not put out the widest net possible to make gain intelligence on any threat to the US, then you do not realize the extent of the threat against us. It is not like this an isolated threat where they can target their intelligence. I agree it is a bit scary and they used to also get info on other countries, but we are living in a different world now with the internet and global communications. Obviously there needs to be a check, but if we check what intelligence they can obtain we need to be okay with the worst case scenarios. It is a difficult decision to balance privacy concerns with security when the stacks are so high on either side; obviously we do not want a police state or another attack like Boston. We as voters have to decide how far the government can go; obviously with the lack of outrage at home (nothing like the protests in Egypt) Americans as a whole seem okay with it.