Back in the 1970’s, my father (R.I.P.) said that a person could never really trust the government. I’m sure that he would agree that the NSA is not being forthcoming with the real scope of their activities.
The more I hear about this situation, the more I think that Edward Snowden actually is a hero.
Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor? Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate feels that Snowden’s claims about his access to critical government data are a concern but may be exaggerated.
Some people feel that Zarate is the one who is the traitor, and that he was a puppet for the Bush administration.
Here is a more in-depth report from Glenn Greenwald for Democracy Now. Democracy Now is an independent news source. Greenwald supports Snowden’s actions.
This video provides further information regarding data collecting and surveillance. Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) feels that the NSA is violating the common person’s privacy, and calls for full disclosure of what the NSA is doing.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) counters that there has been no wrongdoing on the part of NSA. She states that the records collected are simple calls to and from data from the phone company, and that there would have to be an order by a judge to wiretap any given person.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) states that Glenn Greenwald does not have all the necessary information. He states that the NSA program targets foreigners in foreign countries thought to be involved in potential terrorist activities. Rogers states that Snowden released “just enough information to be dangerous.” Both Feinstein and Rogers believe that Snowden should be prosecuted.