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Published: Sunday, Jan. 12 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

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.

Parker, CO

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.

GK Willington
Salt Lake City, UT

Agreed w/ Mike R.

"Those who would give up liberty for safety deserve neither" - Ben Franklin

Thoughtful Voter
Spanish Fork, UT

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.

Res Novae
Ashburn, VA

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 said document.

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