Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

Some would say both

 

Every since Edward Snowden revealed just how far the NSA was violating the people’s constitutional protections against illegal searches the debate has raged. Snowden did violate his oath he took when taking the job with NSA, he felt the information was worth violating that oath. While protecting Americans from harm is one of the federal governments primary roles, it shouldn’t come at a steep price to our rights.

 

Snowden however didn’t attempt to use proper channels and I’m not saying that would have worked. He could have even tried going to legislatures in Congress who oversee what the NSA does as another way of reporting their wrongdoing. If he’d done those things first and nobody listened the country wouldn’t be so divided about how he released the information. Everybody should be happy the information was leaked, maybe not the manner it was leaked but sometimes these things are messy. Nothing government does is usually ran efficiently or effectively, except maybe spying on us until Snowden.

 

Andrew Napolitano called Snowden an American Hero while Senator John McCain called it a disgrace and has called him a traitor. Defense hawks like McCain talk about our liberties but don’t seem that concerned about what NSA was doing. Napolitano thinks we should know what are government does in our name and I support that opinion. Protecting us doesn’t give any agency carte blanche to violate our rights to provide that protection.

 

 

Has government gone too far?

 

Has this whole event proven the government gone beyond its lawful bounds towards Americans rights is the question. We have given up somethings since 9/11 with some new laws from government. The Patriot Act allows federal agents to write their own search warrants, threaten people not to talk about those warrants to anyone. It has given us the TSA, that certainly has worked out well and yet thousands cross our borders unchecked everyday. That does seems to contradict the theory those agencies are protecting us while others are ignoring a major security problem.

 

All Americans have to ask ourselves the question about security over liberty moving forward. What are you willing to sacrifice for safety? That really should be the debate, are you willing to allow the government the right to snoop on Americans without probable cause. Does this only apply to national security or will states and others get to violate your rights as well. I don’t call Snowden a traitor, I don’t believe his intention was to betray his country but enlighten it to what NSA was doing. Time will tell how history judges him, at least we are having the debate about how far our government should be going for security.

 

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. 

Benjamin Franklin

 

 

2 thoughts on “Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

  1. Think he’s a little bit of both. Lord knows that without him, we’d never have found out about any of this. But I don’t believe fully that he did it out of a desire to make our country more free.

    However, if only for bringing these secrets into public awareness, he did our nation a service.

    • I’m with you on his motives, if he’d at least tried it through proper channels first and not this way his view here in America would be different. The more we know what are government does the better we are, no matter what those in DC say.

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