Monday, June 2, 2014

Edward Snowden - Whistle Blower Or Traitor

Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the US National Security Agency's Surveillance Program spying on all Americans.   Does that make him a hero or a traitor.  There is no doubt that 9/11 has changed our country and the world forever.  As someone who was in the New York City area when 9/11 occurred and more than 3,000 people were murdered, I initially supported measures to make sure that Terrorists could not harm our nation again.  Now, I am having second thoughts because of the government over reach that we see. 

Today, to protect our national security and our country, the federal government ignores the Constitution and violates our freedoms.  Whether it is the NSA Scandal, or the IRS Dirty Tricks Scandal, it seems pretty obvious that our freedoms are under attack.   Rather than focusing on likely Terrorists, all law abiding Americans are now under suspicion as our phones and emails are monitored.   This is all starting to feel very Totalitarian like Big Brother is always watching.   

Edward Snowden did us a service by bringing this to light.  He may have gone too far if what he has done really has caused harm to our National Security.  However, history teaches us that we have reason to fear Big Government as much as Terrorists.  In fact, Socialist, Communist and Fascist governments have murdered far more people in the name of ideology than anything Terrorist could ever accomplish, unless of course they ever get their hands on nuclear, or biological weapons, which we can never allow.  Yes, we have reason to fear Terrorists; but we should be just as concerned about an over reaching federal government that is intruding into all aspect of daily life.   How is it good if the government protects us from Terrorists; but we lose our freedom in the process. 

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