All developed nations spy on both friends and
enemies, and have been for centuries.
They all have a gentleman’s agreement not to talk about it or make it
too obvious. Edward Snowden not only has
threatened NSA’s programs to keep us safe from terrorists. he has revealed
methods to terrorists so that they can evade attempts to learn of their deadly
plans, and he has caused great embarrassment to the United
States, endangering and even
ending cooperation among friendly countries.
How can we expect countries like England, Germany, France and
share intelligence if a trusted American, who has taken an oath, can reveal
their sources and methods as well?
Edward Snowden, the insufferable whistleblower
has not deflated Edward Snowden’s messianic sense of self-importance. Nor has
living in an actual police state given the National Security Agency (NSA)
whistleblower any greater appreciation of the actual freedoms that Americans
Snowden of Gellman’s interview is seized with infuriating certitude about the
righteousness of his cause. Not for Snowden any anxiety about the implications
for national security of his theft of government secrets, any regrets about his
violations of a duty of secrecy.
me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished. I
already won,” Snowden proclaimed. “Because, remember, I didn’t want to change
society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change
what gave Snowden the right to assume that responsibility? “That whole question
— who elected you? — inverts the model. They elected me. The overseers,” he
said. “The system failed comprehensively, and each level of oversight, each
level of responsibility that should have addressed this, abdicated their
at least as Snowden sees it, he was there to pick up the slack. “The oath of
allegiance is not an oath of secrecy,” he said. “That is an oath to the
Constitution. That is the oath that I kept that [NSA Director] Keith Alexander
and [Director of National Intelligence] James Clapper did not.”.......
the existing oversight, while flawed, is not as feckless as Snowden portrays
it, and the degree of intrusion on Americans’ privacy, while troubling, is not
nearly as menacing as he sees it. In the government’s massive database is
information about who I called and who they called in turn. Perhaps the
government shouldn’t have it; surely, there should be more controls over when
they can search it. But my metadata almost certainly hasn’t been scrutinized;
even if it has, the content of the calls remains off-limits.
the scope of Snowden’s theft and subsequent disclosures had been as limited, my
scale might balance in the opposite direction. But the theft was massive. The
injury to intelligence-gathering is of equal magnitude. “I am still working for
the NSA right now,” Snowden announced. “They are the only ones who don’t
might have called that double-think."
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