If all you're going to do is hurl insults at me like that traitor remark, I don't see how we could have a respectful debate, so goodbye.
1) It comes down to him putting the American people before the politicians. We deserve to know about this program. They can not just do whatever the hell they want.
2) There's no good reason to keep this a secret. The value of this knowledge to the people is far more valuable than the "damage" of the enemy knowing of it.
3) You and your family have an exponentially higher chance of dying in a head on collision on the way home from church than you have of being attacked by terrorists.
4) So because they were already spying on us, that somehow changes things? Are you the type of person that when something's screwed up, you throw your hands up and say "It was already like that!"
5-6) I definitely don't fault him for not using the proper channels (whether they existed or not), because I know nothing would have come from it. You like bringing up IG so much. Tell me about the last time an E-1 has called IG to challenge a presidential or congressional decision.
7) I don't think it has anything to do with him wanting to be famous. People keep saying "He's just doing this for himself". Which makes no sense at all. Yes, he's completely ****ing himself over, ruining his own life, to benefit himself. He just might spend the rest of his life in a cage, which he's doing to benefit himself.
8) I feel like Snowden could know it wouldn't work, just as I can tell you it wouldn't. I once called IG on my 1SG for trying to blackmail me into re-enlisting, and all they did was talk to him. I had to get a lawyer through JAG and fight for 6 months before I won. And that's just challenging someone a few spots over me. How serious do you think a battle between the president and congress vs a contractor would go?
9) They would lock him in a cage and we'd never hear from him again, like they've done to manning. Even manning's trial is secret. That's not facing the music, or standing up for yourself, that's just suicide. It'd be like the founding fathers turning themselves into the British government to be tried so that they could state their case for American independence in court.