Snowden did what every media outlet in America should have done. He told the
world that the United States Government had thrown away the 4th Amendment and
that the United States Government was using NSA to spy on everyone, including
the citizens of the United States - without a signed court order based on
probable cause.What did Utah's media do when the NSA facility
in Bluffdale was announced? What did Senator Hatch do? Why didn't the
Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune ask what kind of data would be stored in
that huge facility? Why didn't the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune
ask to see the warrants that allowed the United States Government to collect
that information? If contempt needs to be shown, is should not be
directed at Snowden, but at each and every editor in each and every news outlet
in America; because those editors abdicated their responsibility to inform the
people about the illegal actions of the government.
I'm not ready to nominate Snowden for a medal, but I am grateful to him for
blowing the whistle on government activities which went far beyond the bounds of
authority given by the American people."National security" can be
a very broad umbrella used to cover some very bad things. The reason "they
are only doing it for our own good" is not good enough, and is far too often
used by do-gooders" in and out of government.
Agreed w/ Mike R."Those who would give up liberty for safety
deserve neither" - Ben Franklin
I couldn't disagree with Carafano more. He's basically arguing that
"day"="night", "good"="bad" and
"this"="that". His assertion that Snowden had no individual
right to stand up for freedom and honesty because some elitist bureaucracies had
successfully deluded the masses is probably the worst argument I've seen
paraded yet in trying to demonize Snowden's brave whistleblowing. The fact
that Carafano got this published on his "Heritage Foundation"
credentials simply gives me one more reason to be disappointed in what that
overgrown thinktank has morphed into.
Yes, Snowmen is such an ardent supporter of the Constitution that he fled the
country rather than face prosecution for the one crime specifically defined by