originally posted by: RickinVa
a reply to: Indiglow
All I want to hear in regards to Edward Snowden are those three magic words..
Snowden is a traitor who deserves nothing less than the death penalty.
People so focus on the spying crap that they tend to forget a lot of the crap he took also deals with defense measures and counter measures the US
takes to defend itself. One single thing released by him that allows an enemy of the US to gain a tactical advantage deserves the death penalty.
That's the bottom line.
Here is the cold, hard truth.
Like it or not, these types of tools are needed to protect us. But like any weapon, they can be used against us, which is exactly what Snowden
revealed. He didn't name spies, or give up locations of sites where intelligence is gathered or processed. How stupid do you think our enemies are?
They know far more about us than you think.
What has been released by Snowden, are things that are already long outdated and several degrees inferior to what they use to defend this country
Look up "Applebaum" on Youtube and you'll get a vague idea of what type of technology the NSA has for field operations.
What Snowden did, is reveal to the people of this country that the NSA has overstepped its mandate to protect us from our enemies by classifying
as yet-to-be-enemies. This allows them to snoop on all of us in any way that they want, because it just might be possible that someday, we
turn into a terrorist, so they have to be able to see it coming by having the ability to "flag suspicious behavior". They violate your
Constitutional rights first (4th Amendment), and THEN determine if they have to follow due process to cover themselves judicially (FISA). For that
revelation alone, Snowden is an American hero who was trying to protect our liberty being threatened by tyranny. How can you not see that?
If they didn't want the information released, it wouldn't be. They have already calculated all of the risks involved in the release of whatever
Snowden had in his possession, and probably mitigated the majority of them by now by simply cutting all of those programs and re-instituting them
under other names and classifications.
They have this down to a science, it's not their first intelligence leak.
I completely disagree with you and think that to suggest he should be killed is a childish and immature position to take considering most of your
facts are probably from the media with little insight into anything more than what you are "told" to think.