Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Traitor or a Patriot??

Edward Snowden is the man who leaked the existence of the Prism program to the world.  Basically, he let the world know that the United States government was engaging in unconstitutional surveillance of its own citizens on a scale that is almost too big to comprehend.

Now, President Obama, Speaker Boehner, and others from BOTH sides of the aisle are calling this man a traitor.  I must challenge this assertion because I believe that Mr. Snowden is a patriot standing up for the Constitution, which is probably now considered extremist behavior by this government.

Snowden was making about $200,000.00 a year and had a very comfortable life.  He gave it all up for a cause.  He felt that the surveillance program was unconstitutional and a violation of the basic liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.  So, under a code name, he released the existence of the program to a prominent newspaper.  He then came forward and allowed his identity to be revealed.

I personally see this man as one who stood up to tyranny much as our ancestors did when they stood up to the tyranny of King George.

I am curious as to what you, my readers, have to say.  Is this man a traitor?  Is he the Julius Rosenberg of 2013?  Or is he a patriot?  Is he a "founding father" of 2013?

What say you?

How would you characterize Edward Snowden?
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