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"The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without."
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
Mr. Snowden is an American hero, in every sense of the word.
He has put his entire life, career, and future in jeapordy, because he felt our freedom and Constitution was being violated.
We should all strive to have even 10% of his courage.
Is it possible this program has saved lives? Absolutely. And once our technology advances to the point that the NSA actually CAN record and screen the contents of every phone call and email made I am sure even more lives could be saved. But it would still be wrong. Piece by piece by f-ing piece we are ceding our civil liberties in the name of security. Where does it stop? Where do we draw the line? It seems to me that the only thing keeping our government from absolute intrusion is the technology itself. As the technology improves the government WILL encroach more and more. History is proof positive of that.
So when a public servant (ok, a contractor in this case) throws away his career and possibly risks his very freedom to give the People a wakeup call, it doesn’t make him a traitor.
Did this program save lives? Maybe.
Did this program intercept terrorist communications? Maybe.
Does that mean we should overlook its clear conflict with the 4th and 5th Amendment? **** no!!!!!
That's like saying the German Enabling Act and Reichstag Fire Decree were good laws because they brought order to Germany.