Snowden Rules, the NSA drools.
Snowden is a hero. It’s true that he leaked classified documents to the general public, but he exercised care and caution in the things he presented to the general public, and has leaked only those things that pertain to the specific problem he is trying to shed light on and get resolved.
TL;DR - Snowden leaked only what needed to be seen for us to understand how much the Constitution is being trampled, and has not leaked items that relate to direct military actions. He is therefore not a traitor, but a hero. Call you senators or sign here to help support him:
The NSA is spying on Americans in the millions, and they are amassing a gigantic database of telephone metadata. Sure, it’s only “phone numbers” but if my family is anything like an indicator, most of us keep the same phone number for ages. If we’ve been generous, we’ve probably put it on facebook to help our friends keep in touch with us. Or we’ve hooked it to a twitter account, and kept the default settings, which allows people who know your number to look for you there. There are a few people that may switch numbers from time to time, but even that little snarl is hardly enough to keep a phone number from being personally identifiable.
The other issue with them having this data is that we only just found out about it, and how long they retain it. Given that they picked 5 years as their standard time frame, and how everyone is trying to keep everything longer and longer, I doubt that 5 years will seem long enough for some people.
Add to that the fact that PRISM allows them to keep any data that they might have vacuumed up in their “foreign” surveillance if they can use it for traffic analysis, and we are just a skip away from tyranny. All it would take would be the right people asking for the wrong things for this to turn terribly terribly Orwellian.
For those of you that don’t think you have anything to hide? Think again. With that much data, anything could be used against you or your loved ones. With all that metadata, they need only a few facts to be able to find all your deep, dark secrets. Supposedly they need a warrant to access this data, but that’s the very problem.
The NSA and FBI have been gathering this data BEFORE there is a warrant issued. Any other statements or arguments from the government are irrelevant. The 4th amendment does say “against unreasonable searches and seizures.” But that reading of the 4th amendment is dangerously narrow. The NSA has read this as “we can’t SEARCH your data without a warrant, but we’re free to vacuum up and store as much as we want and keep it close at hand because REASONS.”
Having that data on hand means that it’s not an IF it will be used against us, but WHEN. The FISA court hasn’t denied any requests since this program was put into effect. It’s a rubber stamp, and not a safeguard of our liberty.
Snowden is a hero because he’s made the American people aware of this massive, unprecedented, freedom-and-free-speech-destroying murder of our constitution. He’ll be hunted for it. I hope that he can find a comfortable place to live out his life in peace, and that very soon we will see that he was completely justified and correct, and that he will receive a complete pardon.
If Snowden were really a traitor, he would have been bragging about this already in the safekeeping of the Chinese or someone else. The fact is that he’s trying to save us from ourselves.
He’s right, and I’m going to be calling my senator about this.