While the media and much of the world have been understandably outraged by the revelation of the NSA’s spying programs, Barrett Brown’s work was pointing to a much deeper problem. It isn’t the sort of problem that can be fixed by trying to tweak a few laws or by removing a few prosecutors. […] It is a systemic problem. It is the failure of the rule of law.
There’s also a related story on Glenn Greenwald’s murky case in the Washington Post.