Absolutley! The people have the right to know!
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Why the hell do people keep labeling anyone who comes forward and does the right thing a "hero" or a "patriot". He's neither. He's a decent human being. Maybe the NSA ought to give that a shot.
Same question as before.
I love the NSA. It's like having a secret fan-base you will never see, but they're there, watching everything you write and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I may be some person's only form of unconstitutional entertainment one night.
The word patriot is a word with no meaning in todays society like HERO. I have no clue whether he is or not but he did what was right and now he is being hounded for it so much for freedom of speech.
To me a Patriot is a person who does special services (and no that does not exclusively mean military) for their country for its benefit or continuation or betterment beyond what should be expected of a person. Today all you have to do is salute the flag and your a patriot. No your a citizen.
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"True law is right reason in agreement with nature . . . Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature [and] will suffer the worst penalties . . ." - Cicero
Furthermore, for the OP, the definition of a patriot is a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors. Snowden's actions are hostile to the national security interests of the USA. They were hostile to the government's policies, he has taken asylum in a country hostile to US foreign policy, he has not support the US against detractors and enemies, and he is a detractor.
By this definition, he is very clearly not a patriot.
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-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
So the US government violated the Constitution. Snowden is a true patriot for making that known.
Because a true patriot places the Constitution and the people's rights above the current government, and above a party and above a President. That's patriotism.
It doesn't matter what contract Snowden had signed. If that contract was against the Constitution, it was as illegal as it gets in the first place.
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