Matt Towery
So it seems we have now gone from the case of the lone 20-something gunman in the 1960s to the lone 20-something "leaker" of the 2010s.

We've seen this pattern so many times before, and not just when Democrats have been in control. When we learn anything that intuitively sounds bizarre or perhaps just creepily secretive related to government, we hardly have the time to express outrage before the "counter-outrage" rears its head from our leaders and in the media.

This time, we have gone from learning of journalists' phone calls being examined, revelations that one large phone company's information was basically rummaged through by the government and now "leaks" of a terrifying massive scouring of data in the name of national security known as the PRISM surveillance program. Not to mention IRS targeting of certain politically conservative groups and individuals. All of this in little over a month.

Yet we are supposed to focus all of our ire on one 20-something who divulged national secrets.

In 1963 we hardly had time to learn of President Kennedy's shooting before we were focused on one seemingly odd, quiet, disturbed young man who less than two days after having killed JFK without any assistance, according to the media and government, was shot to death himself. The case of Lee Harvey Oswald was presented as a cut-and-dried case from the start.

Naturally we will never get to the bottom of the Kennedy assassination, and anyone who claims conspiracy will forevermore be labeled a nut. And we know the early headlines and assertions that helped form the "establishment" version of the events in Dallas.

In reality most opinion polls even today show that most Americans believe Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy and many believe at the very least our government knew it -- and maybe even had a rogue element involved, as well. But the official versions we are told focus on one man. That brings us to present times.

Just days after the revelation of the NSA's PRISM surveillance program, an attack on all of our rights to privacy and liberty, the focus appears to be on just one seemingly odd, quiet, disturbed young man who, as a government contractor, spilled the beans on a dizzying level of snooping by our government on citizens throughout the nation. Known now as the "NSA leaker," 29-year-old Edward Snowden, the young man straight out of central casting, computer whiz glasses and all, dominates the news.

And a Pew poll rapidly appeared in the media just days after the PRISM story broke suggesting a majority of Americans believe tracking their own phone calls and emails is an acceptable manner in which to combat terrorism.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery