Dear America: Eric Snowden Is No Hero
Eric Snowden is no American Hero, nor is he a whistleblower. He’s a criminal.
Let me explain why.
After every major terrorist attack on American soil, whether domestic or international, many Americans ask one fundamental question: How could something like this have happened?
It’s a fair question and any reasonable person would ask it. We’re mortified by the terrifying events, we mourn for the loss of lives and reach out in any way that we can; but through the tears and donations we still demand answers. Who was in charge, did anyone know that we were being threatened, did anyone ask any questions or look for suspicious people? And, most importantly, how can we prevent this from happening again?
Fresh off of a disaster we’re willing to do anything to prevent another one from happening. After Hurricane Sandy everyone was ready to acknowledge Climate change and invest in infrastructure that would help lessen the damage that states would suffer because of “natural disasters.” After the shooting at the Colorado movie theater and the Newtown school massacre, we wanted to create stricter background checks and make it harder for guns to get in the wrong hands. In the same way, we also wanted our government to protect us and retaliate against the terrorist that bombed the World Trade Center. However, the man that leaked top-secret documents about the federal government’s National Security Program (NSA) of surveillance to prevent another attack is ironically being hailed as a hero.
News has recently broken that the government has been monitoring the phone records of hundreds of millions of Americans and collecting data on Internet users by tapping into the servers of companies like Google and Facebook. A man by the name of Eric Snowden who leaked this information to the media is being praised as a whistle blower from both the Left and Right of the political sphere. However, these are the same people who were upset that it took us ten years to find Osama Bin Laden and furious that President Bush sent us to war over faulty information. They are also the same people who would criticize our government for being unprepared if we like fall victim to another attack like 9/11. They complain that the government is spying on us, invading our privacy and violating our 4th amendment rights because they believed that the government should not be trusted.
We elect people into office to do a job, and then we say we don’t trust them, we demand that they live up to all of our expectations, then get mad when they take extensive measures to protect our land. Liberals demand that Obama look for different energy resources, then get upset when he looks into Natural Gas, while conservatives want to cut spending until the sequester cost them their job and pension.
We expect a country where everything goes exactly as they would like, but the minute it remotely affects us, it becomes a problem. So we praise a man who was being paid $200,000 a year with good benefits for leaking classified information, because he thought it was “wrong.” We raise our fist in disgust when the government investigates the AP to find out how they received classified information which lead to them writing an article which revealed sensitive military information that put American servicemen and women in danger. We support wiki leaks offering private information about our military and making it so public that our greatest enemies use it as a legitimate source to learn about us. And then the moment something horrible happens we’ll ask why hasn’t the government done more to protect us?
We don’t have to like the government’s surveillance tactics, we don’t even have to defend them when others criticize it, but before you lash out at this government for their actions, go back to the most recent tragedy and replay the questions that you and most others asked.
This isn’t a Disney movie, it’s not bad vs evil and sacrifices must be made in order to secure our protections.
With that said, I personally hope they throw the book at Eric, he’s no American hero.
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