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Published: Monday, June 24 2013 10:35 a.m. MDT

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liahona
Westbank, BC

If what the government is doing is unconstitutional by gathering information like this, then why isn't there an uproar by the citizens of the USA to put a stop to this? As i see it, Snowden is a patriot not a traitor, for exposing what the government is doing all in the name of anti-terrorism. Or am I wrong in my opinion of the situation?

VST
Bountiful, UT

@liahona,

To answer your last question, you are wrong in your interpretation. Snowden violated criminally established law and has been charged as being a felon.

Regardless of his views of why he did it, and views by others (like you) that he is a patriot, he violated the law by revealing classified information and taking with him classified documents that are the property of the United States Government. That is a crime and is punishable by those same laws.

Even if what the NSA and the FISA Courts have done is finally determined to be unconstitutional (which to date, that has not happened), it has absolutely no bearing upon Snowdon’s status of being a felon who broke the law.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Whistle blowers are heroes if the government is being run by Republicans and their secrets are exposed (Watergate) but traitors if the government is run by Democrats and their secrets are exposed! It depends on what, is, is!

Eliot
Santaquin, UT

Maybe he got snowed in.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

The latest news seems to indicate that Snowden admits to being a spy - he took the job at Booz-Allen specifically to get the data he was looking for, which most likely is now in the hands of the Russians and/or Chinese.

If / when we get into a Cyber-war with China or the Russians, and we come out on the short end of the stick, remember the great patriot Snowden, who blew the whistle loud enough for everyone to hear.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

liahona,

"If what the government is doing is unconstitutional by gathering information like this, then why isn't there an uproar by the citizens of the USA to put a stop to this?...."
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It’s no great mystery. As you surely know, not everyone shares your view that the work the NSA does is unconstitutional. Snowden himself voiced no objections or qualms in four years of feathering his nest with a $200,000 per year salary. The first indication of any problems he had with what he was doing came only a few weeks ago when without warning he fled the country one step ahead of the cops.

worf
Mcallen, TX

VST:

Make something wrong into a law, than it becomes right?

Political leaders spying on its people than classifying the information is flat out wrong, and the IRS has no business knowing my political, or religous views.

Didn't do very much with the Boston bombers, or guns to Mexican cartels, did they? Have they stopped the killing in Chicago, or slow drug trafficing? No! But it's ok to spy on innocent people?

Snowden is a patriot!

TimBehrend
Auckland NZ, 00

Strongly agree with VST that "Snowden violated criminally established law". A criminally minded state imposing and enforcing criminally established law needs to be resisted in the name of morality, democracy and fairness.

VST
Bountiful, UT

@worf,

Just because you disagree with a specific law or policy of a government entity, that does not entitle you to violate that law, policy, or another existing law without impunity. This is not a dictatorship – it is still a viable Federal Republic and Constitutional Democracy with avenues available to implement meaningful change, but ONLY if it is the will of the majority of the governed. According to a recent Pew Research survey, 54% of Americans are in agreement and say the government should pursue a criminal case against Snowden.

Snowden had other avenues within the Government to formally state his objections without breaking the law but he chose to do otherwise. I personally believe Snowden had other motives. I refer you to 10CC’s comment above as to one possible motive.

From all evidentiary knowledge and subsequent statements now made by Snowden, he is not a patriot – he is a criminal felon, and possibly a spy.

worf
Mcallen, TX

VST:

In a free, and prosperous society, laws are made on moral values.

Take away moral values, and laws become corrupt, and chokes a civilization.

Our people have become confused, and argumentative with defining the word "moral", and our country is decaying. Look around you! It's very obvious.

Political leaders spying, and punishing the people they serve is wrong. Making it a law to spy doesn't change that.

It becomes our duty to speak out when laws are wrong. If not, we'd still be a part of England.

VST
Bountiful, UT

@worf,

I fully agree with your point that laws should be based upon moral values and that one should speak out and work for change when they are at conflict with basic moral values.

But here is the point I have been attempting to make with you. Do not confuse speaking out with what Snowden did – there are fully legal avenues within our system whereby Snowden could have spoken out. What he did was also morally wrong and violated the law.

In Snowden’s instance, the “end does NOT justify the means.”

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