The above picture is of Eric Snowden that if you do not know by now is the man who is responsible for leaking out information about the NSA spy program where the federal government has been working with Verizon, Skype, Google, and other numerous companies to read every Americans emails without a warrant, read text messages, listen to phone calls, and so many more terribly illegal things.
When this story first broke Eric Snowden was called a hero by most news and radio personalities but over the last few days the sentiment about him has changed to where now people are beginning to say that he is a traitor. I challenge anyone who feels that this man is a traitor instead of a hero to make their case here because in my opinion he is a hero. He saw that the government was doing something illegal and he decided to get the evidence since in this day in age you need hard evidence when you are accusing the United States government of engaging in such actions and he exposed their illegal activities to me that is a man who is a hero and a real patriot. He did not stand by and allow these people to do warrant less searches and ignore the constitution, no he stood up to them and exposed them. They are the ones that are in the wrong and I do not know why it is so hard for people so see that. If they were not doing anything illegal there would have been nothing for Mr. Snowden to release about them.
Edward Snowden, a soft-spoken 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of NSA defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden, a Hawaii resident who was interviewed by the U.K. newspaper in his hotel room in Hong Kong where he is hiding, said he has no regrets about going public—even if he never sees his family again.
“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things,” Snowden said. “I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under. … I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, Internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”
When I hear that I fully agree with Mr. Snowden the question is where is he going to go now to seek political asylum. If you do not agree with me that Snowden is a patriot then you must at least agree with me that Snowden is at the very least a whistle blower and should be protected not ostracized in the media and the public.
PRISM gathered most of it’s information from the nine major U.S. Internet firms: Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and PalTalk. The intelligence PRISM gathered includes, but is not exclusive to: email, video and voice chat, videos, photos, voice over IP conversations, file transfers, login notifications and social networking details. In a newer document published by The Guardian, it is estimated that the NSA has collected almost 3 billion pieces of intelligence from US computer networks over a 30-day period ending in March 2013.
In a recent statement, intelligence head Clapper claimed that “Disclosing information about the specific methods the (US) government uses to collect communications can obviously give our enemies a ‘playbook’ of how to avoid detection.”
The story that started it all had to do with Verizon supplying the NSA with call data. A story that ultimately evolved to include Sprint and AT&T, who are also supplying the NSA with similar data that they have gathered on their customers and their call patterns.
The question we need to ask ourselves now is what side are we on? A line has been drawn in the sand now in this case and we have a choice. We can take back our country or we can arrest this man and condemn his actions, we can allow the military with tanks and guns to overrun our cities like Boston, allow the TSA to sexually assault all of us, continue to violate the constitution, continue to allow this government to kill and/or detain American citizens without a warrant or a trial. The government is for the people by the people and we need to remind them of that. We do not answer to them, they answer to us. I hope all of you will join me in supporting this man. Contact your senators, representatives, the white house, and anyone else you can think of and let them you are tired of all the things I have mentioned above and we want our liberty back and it begins with not arresting this man and by getting rid of the TSA and forcing the government to follow the Constitution.