I didn’t vote for President Barack Obama and don’t agree with many of his policies, but I stand with him on authorizing the PRISM program, which monitors the phone calls and emails of American citizens.
Former government contractor Edward Snowden isn’t a “whistle-blower;” he’s an attention-seeking traitor who should be punished severely. Whistle-blowers reveal wrongdoing. Frank Serpico and Jeffrey Wigand were true “whistle-blowers” in exposing corruption within the New York Police Department and the unethical actions of the tobacco industry. Edward Snowden is just a 29-year-old systems technician who wants to feel important.
America is at war, which requires sacrifice, including reasonable privacy incursions. If you don’t agree that we are at war, just ask the family of one of our fallen military members. While you’re at it, ask someone alive during WWII about sacrifices. Other than showing incredibly poor judgment in allowing an inexperienced civilian contractor access to sensitive information, I don’t believe our government has done anything here. But if by chance they have, let it be our courts that decide, not Edward Snowden.