Edward Snowden – Pardon
To pardon or not to pardon Edward J Snowden
Edward J Snowden copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency back in 2013 without obtaining prior authorization to do so.
The information he freely released to the world, revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many that were run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments.
Hence, Edward J Snowden an individual who has a moral compass, delivered a very big PSA to the world because he truly believes in looking out for his fellow man.
The U.S. Government would like to charge him with treason for having a moral compass.
It was later ruled by the courts that the U.S. Government was wrong to use Section 215 of the Patriot Act to justify mass phone data collection.
Yet, Snowden is still considered a criminal by our Government rather than take their licks for getting caught red handed doing something they shouldn’t have been doing in the first place.
Was it moral for our Government to twist Section 215 of the Patriot Act so as to justify mass data collection? Was it?
Was it even ethical?
What the U.S. Government did in turn was, for those of you who have a sibling, we all had that one sibling got caught or who ratted out by the other to mom and dad, they in turn somehow managed to justify, deflect and get the other sibling into trouble with mom and dad, while they didn’t have to face the repercussions for their own actions.
I use this analogy because that’s exactly what it looks like.
Edward Snowden did not sell this intel to Foreign Governments, he wasn’t spying on the U.S. Government, he like with all whistleblowers, saw that our Government was doing both the citizens it represents and the world a disservice.
They were lying and cheating to accomplish that disservice then tried in vain to cover it up and deflect it away by moving to charge Edward Snowden with treason.
IF Edward Snowden had sold the intel or actually worked for a Foreign Government to spy on the U.S. Government, then what he did could have been considered treason.
But the fact is, he did not sell the intel or work for a Foreign Government. He saw abuse of power and reported it to the world, he reported to our Government’s bosses, which at the end of the day happens to very well be ‘We The People’ we do pay our Government’s bills and salaries after all.
The man should not be charged with Treason, he did a service to us all. The Government was breaking its own laws and twisting them in such a way that it enabled them to commit treason on not only the U.S. but the entire world.
Edward Snowden simply did what the U.S. Government frowns upon, in fact it’s the one thing all Government’s fear most from it’s citizens: he was brave and stood up for his fellow man. Rather than let the fear of our Government control his decision, he made a moral and right decision to expose the truth and the lies that led up to that.
If Obama were to grant a Presidential Pardon to Edward J Snowden, this president would go down in history as a President who truly in the end did serve his country and people to the fullest extent.
By standing by those who display honesty, integrity, morals and who stand up for what’s right rather than ignore the crimes our very own Government commits.
The question is however, would President Obama consider giving Edward Snowden a full Presidential Pardon before his final departure from the Oval Office?
Our Government does like it’s witch hunts though…
I can’t help but wonder…in light of the recent hacks, if our Government is missing the very clear message that is being sent our way by foreign hackers or hackers from the inside, Government whistleblowers and the like…
For our Government’s past indiscretions.
Like the leaked information about the NSA’s mass data collection and Stuxnet just to name two very publicly highlighted cases.
Sometimes you do reap what you sow in the end.
Cristal M Clark