On Monday, the Guardian UK newspaper posted video of its interview with Edward Snowden, the whistle blower about U.S. government surveillance programs (e.g., NSA, PRISM). You can watch online part one and part two of the interview.
What would have to happen to make you leave your home, your job, your country, and take these risks? Snowden answers that. Watch the videos.
In related news, this MIT project which sifts through your (Gmail) emails and maps your connections, can provide you with an idea of what the NSA and PRISM programs know about you.