Snowden has taken responsibility for working with the NSA to direct widespread surveillance on the public. He recently told The Guardian, "I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal e-mail." Do you feel Snowden's exposing the truth is 1. courageous and patriotic, or 2. has compromised national security?
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I agree with you. I don't think he displayed anything we didn't already know was going on since the Patriot Act - but hopefully he shook people awake enough now to care and fight back.
Christin S I agree, but so many people refuse to stand up for what's right even if an injustice or crime is happening right in front of them. This is one of the reasons we've gone this far down the drain thus far. I hope some people are awakened.
A question, how do you separate terrorists and spies from honest citizens without checking out innocent people. Spies are not clearly marked, neither are honest people. Your neighbor could be a spy and you might be talking to him over the fence.
Hi Larry Wall.No one is clearly marked, of course. I think what people are getting fed up with is that precise reasoning is being used as excuse by gov to snoop into everyone's lives, with or without probable cause.
Information is being gathered without warrant or justification and it's not right. One can learn a lot about people that they don't want others to know just by watching. That doesn't make them safe, just makes the watchers nosy & over reaching.
House Speaker John Boehner today called NSA leaker Edward Snowden a "traitor" who put Americans at risk by releasing classified information to the media."The disclosure of this information puts Americans at risk." It's rare both parties agree.
Unfortunately for Boehner, he's earned the nickname "Cave Man" for his tendency to cave to Dem objectives. So I'm not sure how earnest his criticisms here could be weighed.
When it comes to National security issues Republicans have always been in favor of doing whatever it takes to protect our shores. National Security is not a patrician issue for most people. J. Edgar Hoover spied on everyone! :-)
I've always hated Boehner's stances and general demeanor. His calling Snowden a traitor shows Americans how much he values the privacy of their phone calls, etc. and info that could be gleaned from them.
I think the more we learn about Snowden the more we'll learn that his motives aren't completely alltruistic. It's one thing to announce spying on Americans and another to show Russia, China, and other nations how we gather intelligence. Hero? No.
That's fair enough, Brenda :)
I've seen the video where he explains why he has done this, and read the reports, he is a hero and will possibly end up dead for his patriotism, for he has exposed dark forces who are seemingly plotting to overthrow democracy.
If they make him 'disappear', he will DIE a HERO, NOT a COWARD. He has asylum now. He was smart enough to LEAVE the Country before exposing this US Government corruption. Edward has true INTELLIGENCE and is an AMERICAN HERO, one we ARE PROUD OF.