So I have some friends who are screaming about Snowden being a traitor. I have friends who are saying he’s a hero.
To my friends saying he’s a traitor: We’ve had an out-of-control, lawless federal government for the last 5 years, that has been allowed to do so without any real consequence. Sooner or later, it was bound to spill over from the top on to the cogs.
To my friends saying he’s a hero: MAYBE letting the cat out of the bag before the election might have made him a “hero”. He didn’t do that. He admitted to holding back because he thought Obama would be better with this stuff than Romney. So the knowledge of the citizenry of it was still subject to someone’s political considerations…his.
But the questions I want to hear asked and answered are:
1. Who, specifically, decided to use the 4th Amendment as toilet paper on this particular subject?
2. Are our intelligence agencies STILL wiping their butts with our privacy rights?
3. Why are we supposed to think that there were “other avenues” for spilling the beans that would actually be effective when Representative Issa has being “gathering” data on Fast and Furious for how many years?
4. How long before the various organs of government shift from tacitly acting on what it they are learning to openly acting on the knowledge?
5. Is NOTHING sacred? Is NOTHING to be retained by the citizens to themselves, but for the thoughts that they do not speak or write, or does the “terrible burden of governing” come with the expectation that the governors must know all in order to “keep us safe”? And if the answer to the last question is “Yes”, then how long before we the people are relieved of the terrible burden of having to make any choices?
I’d like to see some outrage from the likes of John Boener on the intrusion on our liberties, but I guess that was too much to ask.