People keep using the excuse that the government was conducting “illegal” and “unconstitutional” activities, and therefore, it was justified
that Snowden conduct “illegal” activities, as well. IMO that’s kind of convoluted thinking and just don’t cut it. Stealing classified
documents and making them available to the public is “illegal”, to my knowledge. You may not agree with a law and may choose to violate it
(happens all the time), but when you do you run the risk of getting busted. That’s just a hard fact of life. You play, you pay, as the saying
Now, we all know that what Snowden did was illegal. At least, technically, I think most would agree with that. However (like it or not, and again,
technically), the same can’t be said of the government (NSA). The fact is the FISA Court condoned the NSA actions, and while Congress had a chance
not to renew the Patriot Act twice, both times it was renewed.
Our nation (except for Louisiana) adheres to a legal system based on English common law. Our legislature passes new laws and statutes, and the
judiciary (courts) interpret and apply these laws, resolving any disputes as to constitutionality, jurisdiction, etc. The Patriot Act was signed
into law back in 2001, the courts have condoned it (for the most part), and it still stands pretty much intact. Although the law steps all over our
civil liberties, and attempts have been made to change this, the attempts have been mostly unsucessful. So, like it or not, I’m afraid what the NSA
has been doing is within the framework of the law and is not technically illegal. It is what it is.
Personally, I’m not sympathetic to Snowden. I have major trust issues with him and question his motives. I take what he says with a grain of salt
and think much of what I’ve heard from him has been downright lies. His latest allegation that he tried at least 10 times to bring attention to the
NSA authorities of the illegal/unconstitutional practices taking place just don’t cut it with me. First of all, failing to include proof of his many
attempts to inform the NSA of their wicked ways, while stealing thousands of other documents he deemed incriminating, just isn’t credible. As a
matter of fact, it would be flat stupid of him to overlook such a thing. This would have changed the whole complexion of things in his favor. It would
also be stupid on the NSA’s part to deny it if he did in fact notify them. They would have to not only eliminate every trace of his email history on
the active mail servers, but also do the same for every backup copy stored in their offsite subterrainian vaults. This would be a feat. And if the NSA
was lying about this, they would be risking that it would come back to bite them and destroy their case, as well as many high level careers to
Whatever happens, happens. But Snowden will have to do a lot better than make occassional MSM interviews and cameos to convince me. And until then,
he’s not my hero and gets 2 thumbs down...
PS: Deny Ignorance, I think you’re confused. It’s not Obama who needs to “man up” and take responsibility, but rather Bush, the entire
Congress and the courts that approved the Patriot Act, making the actions of the NSA perefectly illegal, who I’m sure you meant to say...