Should Edward Snowden be hailed as a hero
Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material was a hugely important leak. The leaks confirmed that the U.S. government, without obtaining any legal warrants, routinely collects the phone logs of tens of millions of Americans, who have no links to terrorism whatsoever. A series of exposes beginning June 5, 2013 revealed Internet surveillance programs as well as the bulk collection of US and European telephone metadata. This amounts to breach of online privacy laws. The reports were based on documents Snowden leaked to The Guardian and The Washington Post while employed by NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Dan Carlin refers to Snowden as a hero even though he did break the law and many see him as a traitor and a risk to national security.
I agree that Snowden is a hero. He was showing that we have right to speak as we choose and express our opinions. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States and it states “Criticism of the government and advocacy of unpopular ideas that people may find distasteful or against public policy are almost always permitted.” In Ireland Freedom of expression is protected under the constitution.
You have a right to freely express your convictions and opinions. However, the Constitution asserts that the State should try to make sure that the radio, the press and the cinema are not used to undermine public order or morality or the authority of the State. It also states that it is an offense to publish or utter blasphemous, seditious or indecent matter. http://www.citizensinformation.ie.
Edward Snowden, is a hero. Through standing up to the US gov’t and NSA, he put his job, his freedom and his life in danger just so Americans could have their freedom.
None the less under American law he did commit treason and it is within America’s legal obligation to prosecute him so to many he will be looked upon as a traitor. Snowden knew that the government was doing things which people would not support and was deliberately not telling them about it. He acted on their consciences, and should not be condemned for doing so. He believes in the common view that the government does not have the right to define its own powers. That is the prerogative of the people, and in order to pass judgement, we need to be informed. We should ask ourselves are unaccountable governments dangerous things and even more dangerous than whistle-blowers.