The man who blew the whistle on National Security Agency spying on Americans says he’s considering returning home to the U.S. if an amicable agreement with U.S. authorities can be found.
I say we should throw the guy a ticker-tape parade.
I didn’t always feel this way. When the story of Edward Snowden’s revelations first broke, I wondered about his motivations. I worried that he could be jeopardizing some national security secrets – the kind that could cost innocent lives. I even thought what he did was unnecessary because surely all Americans knew by now their government was spying on them in wholly unconstitutional ways.
I now realize I was dead wrong.
Snowden performed an amazing public service.
He opened the eyes of all Americans who just didn’t understand what their government has been doing to them with surveillance by satellite, computer eavesdropping, what we used to call “wiretapping,” which is now done without wires, collecting or sorting through your most private correspondence by email, watching your every move by cameras in the sky and at every street corner.
Personally, I’ve known about all this for decades. Sure it has gotten worse. But I just assumed Americans had eyes and could see what I saw. But until Snowden came along, they were blind to it. They were like sheep being led to a Big Brother slaughter, believing they still had constitutional protections against illegal searches and seizures.
As it turns out, Snowden, whatever his motivations may have been, is a truly heroic whistleblower. I know many people will disagree with me. That’s OK. But if we are ever going to have a chance to reverse America’s direction toward a police state, the kind of awareness he has raised will be essential.
Apparently Snowden is willing to face the consequences of his action – which also makes him a conscientious practitioner of civil disobedience in its highest form, just like Martin Luther King Jr. He is willing to face trial if there is a deal that allows him to serve only a modest prison sentence.
Personally, I’d hate to see him go to prison.
I favor the ticker-tape parade. Let all the NSA’s cameras capture it – along with the cameras of the complicit statist media that has covered up the scandalous activity Snowden revealed.
He deserves the best legal representation money can buy. And he deserves thanks and recognition from the American public.
Of course, none of that will shut down the NSA and the thousands of other government snooping agencies around today. But if we are ever going to rally the public against police-state surveillance and activities, this would be a good first step.
A second step would be for Americans to read “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare Is Becoming Our Reality” by Cheryl Chumley.
Find out all the ways government at every level has turned you from a citizen of a free republic into a subject of the state.
Read it and weep! We no longer live in the kind of America your parents and grandparents knew.
We live in a burgeoning Orwellian Big Brother nightmare land where the state watches every move and pounces on citizens with powers the federal government was never meant to have and with a heavily militarized law enforcement zeal that would make the founding fathers turn over in their graves.
And then prepare to join the ticker-tape parade for Snowden. Roll out the red carpet.
It’s time to welcome him home to face the music.
It will be a grand concert indeed – one every American will be listening to.
We need a good, long, honest public debate about domestic spying.
It’s time to dismantle the nascent police state apparatus.
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