Edward Snowden; beyond brilliant, a writer on many Amendment/Rights topics.
+1We will have to differ in our opinions of Snowden. Some of us believe he is a traitor of the highest order. He was not an intelligence professional-he was a computer tech who stole tens of thousands of TS documents and gave them to our enemies. If we are going to reference his self aggrandizing writings, it should be balanced with reports such as this:
Then his bio is pure falsehood as he claims some rather lofty positions in the intel community. May be documentation to verify but I have not researched. Gave them to our enemies? Don't know about that. What did he gain from it?We will have to differ in our opinions of Snowden. Some of us believe he is a traitor of the highest order. He was not an intelligence professional-he was a computer tech who stole tens of thousands of TS documents and gave them to our enemies. If we are going to reference his self aggrandizing writings, it should be balanced with reports such as this:
Understand. But what way would have worked for Ed? The Government way, following Protocol and chain of command sure would have gotten him nothing but a smear job and prison. The Greatest of men, having paid the greatest sacrifice have seldom been been accepted/acknowledged, until much later and too late. In the Intelligence community, whistleblowing is hardly different from Treason. For those unbiased enough to read his recent articles could be an eye opener. Enter Lt. Col. Scheller.I haven’t read Snowden’s sub stack. And there is certainly much to be concerned about with our government. But there is a right and wrong way to go about it. Snowden picked the wrong way. I’m not big at all on him…
K. We will remain light years apart on Ed. BTW, Russia was not his final (planned) destination.Scheller did not share confidential/secret information. He merely asked for accountability and criticized the top brass. AND he hung around and dealt with the consequences. He didn’t run to a communist country to avoid paying the piper for what he did.
OK. So exercising one's 1st A right is brig worthy and (stellar) career ending? Kremlin and CCP tactics.At least he manned up and took his medicine. He knew he’d receive consequences for speaking up. Snowden ran and gave top secret information to a foreign adversary. These two are light years apart.
I’m not saying Snowden’s criticisms aren’t accurate. And I’m not saying he’s not a smart individual. I’m saying he took the wrong path in how he went about expressing his concerns and grievances and obviously did his own cause more harm than good.
We’ll have to agree to disagree. Just not a fan of Snowden…
Difference between a whistleblower and a Traitor. One a Patriot, the other cares not.It's really hard for me to reconcile my feelings for Snowden.
But then again, it's also somewhat difficult for me to eat at Chick-Fil-A......
As I used to often tell my daughter, the world is not an easy place for those of us who see things in shades of gray, particularly when the world is as interconnected as it is.
Wish more IC operators had a conscience/moral integrity and blow the whistle when Government is tramping on its citizens rights. Software/mass surveillance will never have a sense of right/wrong or moral compass unless programmed in by decency.........or by a courageous person that serves his nation with the TRUTH. Did you ever do anything that later you were sorry for and did what you could to make it right???“Hey, I worked really hard on this mass surveillance/collection program against all Americans for the government,
but I am not a traitor to my fellow citizens.”