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CHQ Reader Comments: NSA Leaker Edward Snowden is a Patriot

NSA Leaker Edward Snowden is a Patriot

Edward Snowden heroSo far, Snowden is getting a hero’s welcome on Here’s a selection of some of the comments supporting Snowden’s decision to reveal classified material on the U.S. government's electronic surveillance programs.

Please submit your ideas and opinions on the issues in the NSA leak and Edward Snowden’s critique of U.S. government electronic surveillance policy to CHQeditor [at] gmail [dot] com.

From reader smapple

I want a t-shirt with the man’s face on it, to counteract all those Che Guivera shirts I see.  He is a hero.

1.    In the early part of this century, I worked for a company where we used computer models to assess massive amounts of data for fraud detection. I offered our services to the FBI at the time, telling them how we could “anonymize” the data so that nobody could be at risk. This was shortly before 9-11, and I was disappointed when the FBI told me that the Graham-Leach-Blyley act prevented them from even HAVING data on US citizens. I was also disappointed when I saw how easy the pattern for the 9-11 attackers would have been to catch and prevent. I later respected their decision when I was talking with one of our health care clients. They had an analyst who had access to all of that data, and she decided to make life miserable for her ex-husband.

2.    Having seen that, I am afraid I side with the whistle-blower on this whole thing. It’s not that ALL of them cannot be trusted. It only takes one or two bad ones who have access to all of that data to ruin the lives of several unsuspecting recipients of their anger. This is exactly why our founders had the foresight to put the 4th amendment in place.

3.    I would like to see our so-called protectors doing a little more profiling of suspects before running off with all of my neighbors' data. Yes- PROFILING! I said it. I am getting tired of them telling me that when they are searching ME in an airport that it is for my own safety. It is NOT. I am not going to do anything to blow up any planes. So every moment they waste searching me is a moment they could be using to investigate somebody who really does have our worst interests at heart. The same goes for the 80-year-old couple I saw them practically strip-searching in Nashville a few weeks back. That did absolutely nothing for my safety. However, I admit being a little nervous when they did not search the guy wearing the turban.

4.    We have to stop this nonsense, and focus our resources on the things that promise the most return on time invested. We simply don’t have enough resources to waste on searching the innocent, nor does our constitution allow it.


From reader janestutzman

I'm with Ben Hart...and who can trust the Congress?


From reader mariabuss2

He [Edward Snowden] is called a “traitor”, “defector” and his actions “treason”. Not surprising comments from members of Congress who passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 1978 as a result of the Watergate scandal. Until it is proven that the information he released harms national security or benefits terrorist groups, Snowden is neither a traitor nor defector or did he commit an “act of treason.”

Take politics out of this case. Republicans and Democrats are quick to judge ‘guilty by assumption.’ Rather than scoring political points, there is a lesson to be learned. Members of Congress should read and debate bills in their entirety before enacting them into law. Now it is time to revisit the law and have a debate. I can only chuckle, shake my head and call for leaders who can bring about a change in 2014 and a unifier in 2016.

In like manner, presidents should know the unintended consequences of their executive orders. A lesson learned as well for this WH that to “use the weight of this office” is not how the people’s business gets done.

From where I sit, I see that Snowden had his arms wrapped around US surveillance programs of a magnitude that extend far beyond the scope and limits of FISA, so he thinks. We learned that Snowden was concerned about how this administration has expanded its surveillance powers to collect and store phone calls, Internet activity, email and text messages of all American citizens without their knowledge.

Perhaps Snowden would have not seen the need to disclose if our monthly telephone bills contained a disclosure stating the calls made are filed with some national registry to comply with FISA. We have the right to opt out, file a dispute or be provided with a copy of their filing. This was not the case. This government took it upon itself to decide that our phone records are now property of the government without notifying us. And that’s beyond overreach. It’s abuse of power and a violation of the public trust.

Snowden was not in agreement with a policy that he was tasked to carry out. I would say he took a huge risk to take a stand on policy. He had nothing to gain and actually, gave up much of what most folks work and live for. In his words, “I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things.”

From reader jjsainsbury

Ben Hart makes important points on why there is a duty to reveal illegal acts or "you become an accessory" to those illegal acts or illegal orders. Furthermore, I think the legal principle of respondiat superior ("let the master answer") should also be visited to pursue the highest level of executive responsibility for the violations of our bill of rights. A parliamentary system would probably find such egregious government violations worthy of a vote of "no confidence". Our American presidential system, without original intent of an imperial presidency, falls back on the arcane impeachment procedure.

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Snowden Is Indeed a Patriot

Check out Judge Napolitano'a comments on the topic at you tube and you will understand that Snowden is a patriot hero rather than a villain in this case. In my opinion it seems self-evident since no one in their right mind is going to so jeopardize their good job living in Hawaii or their own life for that matter by blowing the whistle on government wrongdoing unless they are in fact genuinely concerned about their country to the point of the willingness to sacrifice all if need be in order to save our way of life such as it has been under a formerly respected Constitution. This young man endangered no one else and had the most to lose in speaking the truth as he knew it.
We would all do well to realize that the hypocritical DNC has no problem with such activity when they are spying on us but go ballistic when their cover is blown in the matter and that is the situation at the core of their recent outrage. Rather than attacking the whistleblower, we need to be investigating this rogue government and protecting our liberty!


The real Traitors are in the White House trying to rewrite our Constitution.