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The man who blew the whistle on National Security Agency spying on Americans says he’s considering returning home to the U.S. is an amicable agreement with U.S. authorities can be found. I say we should throw the guy a ticker-tape parade. ... Snowden performed an amazing public service.
He opened the eyes of all Americans who just didn’t understand what their government has been doing to them with surveillance by satellite, computer eavesdropping, what we used to call “wiretapping,” which is now done without wires, collecting or sorting through your most private correspondence by email, watching your every move by cameras in the sky and at every street corner.
Personally, I’ve known about all this for decades. Sure it has gotten worse. But I just assumed Americans had eyes and could see what I saw. But until Snowden came along, they were blind to it. They were like sheep being led to a Big Brother slaughter, believing they still had constitutional protections against illegal searches and seizures.
As it turns out, Snowden, whatever his motivations may have been, is a truly heroic whistleblower. I know many people will disagree with me. That’s OK. But if we are ever going to have a chance to reverse America’s direction toward a police state, the kind of awareness he has raised will be essential.
Edward Snowden, the former U.S. intelligence contractor who revealed details of the government's domestic surveillance efforts, says he was "trained as a spy" and worked undercover overseas for the U.S. intelligence community.
In an interview with NBC-TV news anchor Brian Williams in Moscow, Snowden rebutted critics who described him as nothing more than a low-level analyst, saying he pretended "to work in a job that I'm not and even being assigned a name that was not mine." Excerpts of the interview were released Tuesday.
"I am a technical expert. I don't work with people. I don't recruit agents. What I do is I put systems to work for the United States. And I've done that at all levels from -- from the bottom on the ground all the way to the top. Now, the government might deny these things, they might frame it in certain ways and say, ‘Oh well, you know, he's -- he's a low level analyst.’ But what they're trying to do is they're trying to use one position that I've had in a career here or there to distract from the totality of my experience which is that I've worked for the Central Intelligence Agency undercover overseas.
originally posted by: crazyewok
If it would make your president and congress red with rage and anger them surely thats a good thing ?
originally posted by: thisguyrighthere
I don't get why he's going on about being a spy suddenly.
originally posted by: phinubian
I am sorry, Snowden only deserves prison,