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Published: Monday, June 10 2013 9:42 a.m. MDT

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JWB
Kaysville, UT

This may be the early 1950s when government overreacted in people’s personal and business lives. Our government is telling us to not take too much sugar, use too much water, carbon footprints, and on and on. They will measure our soft drink cup to see if we are over 16 ounces at a time. They don’t listen to the Russian government who told us the Boston Marathon bomber would be someone to look at. They didn’t do that at the time and he was able to continue his plan instead of being interrupted. We have the millions of calls a day that seems to be a lot and the government tells us we don’t need to worry about that as they wouldn’t put good people under suspicion, only right-wing leaning people at this time. They have made jobs for the people that do this monitoring and you don’t think they have a program for picking out specific words, phrases, and thoughts and intent from calls? The lady that had a secret government e-mail is now working for Apple.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Google already has an inside track with this administration and knows very personal information about people. Google knows how to extract the information and under government contract could provide gigabytes a second to the government in an instant. The phone companies require our citizens to pay the most of any country for giving them our vital information and use their services. That comes from use and government taxes and fees imposed on us. We pay it, gladly, to have our devices.

Again, if Hitler were alive now, he wouldn’t have to go through his big process of identifying a certain group of people. He could use the databases with his SS people and even pick up the water glasses, straws, or napkins of the people he suspected for their DNA and ethnicity data. Stalin would be right behind in that process from the 1940s and 1950s. Kruschev tried cleansing the Ukraine area. We have a history in Africa and Asia of similar types of cleansing of people and their beliefs.

We must be ready for that in our country since we have so much time for sports and recreational activities in all places and locations with Internet available.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Government can be invasive and intrusive. The Tea-Party and conservative groups have found that out and that wasn’t from DNA but from e-mails, requests from the government for very much information on their thoughts, inner thoughts, prayers, what they read, who they see, what they do during the day, and the list goes on.

The person that picked up the snake on the top of the cold mountain took a chance but the snake was so persuasive to get help. Then at the bottom, when the snake bit the man and the snake said you knew what I was when you picked me up, is a very good warning to all about government’s ability. When in the wrong hands of people who are to represent us it is vital for us to know these government officials and their intents for us.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Descriptions of this Snowden chap bounce between traitor and hero, and pretty much nowhere in between. I'm not sure. I do value my privacy; safety is kind of nice, too. I wonder how we would have felt about this right after 9/11, when the 'war on terror' was declared. How would we have reacted to the NSA telling us then, in an era when bill o'reilly was telling us to get behind the president and shut up, that it was going to mine metadata from your phone calls?

SammyB
Provo, UT

Ben Franklin made it very clear that a people who will trade freedom for safety doesn't deserve their liberty. From examples in history of tyrants, in the long run, more people are killed or persecuted with the loss of their freedoms than would ever be killed under the pretense of stringent safety measures.

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

The official explanation is that the Feds aren't looking at CONTENT.
Well, when it comes to e-mails we know that isn't true. And the new sky center at point-of-the-mountain is a testament to the effort to listen in on CONTENT of cell phone calls.
The snooping IS happening, and it's happening on domestic communications.
And we didn't sign up for this wholesale screening.
Let's hope our politicians shut it down. The timing is in our favor given the recent headlines about the IRS and delving into reporters' communications.

paintandestroy
Richmond/Cache, UT

It seems naïve to think any of us have privacy or that some other government in the world is less invasive than ours. Who does he think the good guys are? The same government in Hong Kong who is protecting him is also spying on him and everyone else. I don't see anything "grave" or surprising about it.

WHAT NOW?
Saint George, UT

"...On Fox and Friends on Monday, Ralph Peters railed that Snowden's true motive was to be stylish. "Now you’ve got this 29-year-old high school dropout whistleblower making foreign policy for our country, our security policy," he said. "It’s sad, Brian. We’ve made treason cool. Betraying your country is kind of a fashion statement. He wants to be the national security Kim Kardashian... I mean, we need to get very, very serious about treason. And oh by the way, for treason — as in the case of Bradley Manning or Edwards Snowden — you bring back the death penalty."...".

Fox and Friends/Ralph Peters gets it.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

So much for that confidentiality agreement and oath of office. I guess those who believe in keeping their word must be conflicted when they hold this guy as a hero.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Snowden released no information that should be classified. If our phone records and emails are being seized and searched, then we have the right to be presented with the warrant prior to that search.

What Snowden has done is revealed the federal government's violation of the law, and it was the right thing to do. He made himself a public informant, at great risk, but he has not committed treason, or any other crime. There was no sensitive classified information in what he released. Our county has not been compromised. The only ones put at risk are himself, and the ones who are violating the 4th amendment, and they should be prosecuted.

Snowden is as much a hero as any member of the armed forces, who puts his life in the line of fire for his country.

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