NSA's PRISM Program Falls Victim to an Ego Trip
After four years as an NSA contractor, Snowden apparently realized that he was better suited to other things, like running into the arms of the Chinese or another regime willing to display a suitable antagonism toward America on behalf of his reluctant-hero self.
Behavioral contradictions are a pattern for Snowden, who started high school, then dropped out. He then joined the army, training to serve in the Special Forces, only to make the apparent shocking discovery that it may involve "killing Arabs." After briefly serving as a security guard for the NSA, Snowden joined the
Now, Snowden says he understands that there are consequences for his actions, but he nonetheless is going to keep running away from them. He says he doesn't want attention, yet he's gone about communicating a grievance the way an attention junkie would. Snowden claims to be a pro-transparency advocate, yet he claims to be deeply concerned about your privacy.
And all this for what, exactly?
So far, Snowden's great contribution to collective "freedom" is that we now know the U.S. government is involved in the passive collection of phone records and Internet data -- in case you had been living in a closet and didn't already assume this. In other words, the government could feasibly know about your life, if it ever cared enough to dig through data belonging to hundreds of millions of people to find out. We're not talking about wiretapping or active intrusion, but mere collection.
What's truly tiresome is this growing culture of conspiracy whereby everything that the government does is an evil plot against average Americans. Personally, I have only benefited from government data-monitoring and collection. When my mobile phone was stolen in
So why is it that when cybersecurity is evoked, some people's minds go directly to the thoroughly unrealized negative potential for such things? Democracies have so many safeguards in place in the event that such fears ever do attempt to manifest. Why are we always looking out for the imaginary
Who, exactly, has the NSA victimized thus far? Until that question is answered, it's silly to accuse the system of pre-crime. Nor am I willing to attribute the term "whistleblower" to anyone whose behavior to date appears no different from that of any predecessors in the realm of intelligence leaks.
When the FBI's
The law will have to ultimately decide whether Snowden is a whistleblower or just another traitor.
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