“Is Snowden a traitor or a hero?” Let’s be crystal clear about this.
First, I want to state that I am a patriot. I love this country very much.
But what exactly do I love about the USA? What makes us great? Is it our government? Our politicians? Our people?
What makes America great are our principles of individual freedom, equal justice, peace, prosperity and the free market. More than this, it’s our recognition that our freedoms are given to us by God, not by government.
Our political representatives are not our masters, they are our servants. We the people are sovereign. We own this country, the government doesn’t own us.
This is what makes America great.
And this is why the Constitution is so important. The Constitution doesn’t grant us our rights, but it does protect our rights by limiting the power of people in government, because people in power ALWAYS want more power.
This is why our Constitution is a divinely inspired document.
Edward Snowden was a whistleblower who exposed the highly illegal activities of people in the US Government. These illegal actions of the US Government were specifically used to gain power over “we the people” by illegally spying on us, which is a clear violation of the 4th Amendment.
The US Government turned it’s technology on its own people, and has violated every American’s rights. Not only was this spying illegal, but when testifying in front of Congress, the general who was running the NSA operation lied to Congress about what they were doing.
And the government is still wielding this illegal power over us. These actions by the NSA are at the root of many, if not most, of the hacks of large corporations and governments, because these highly sophisticated hacking programs that the NSA created were stolen by hacking groups and foreign countries and then turned on US firms and used against US citizens.
Edward Snowden risked everything to expose what the government was doing, and is absolutely a hero. This is crystal clear in my mind, and I hope in yours too.