Edward Snowden recently blew the whistle on the colossal culture of government eavesdropping and spying on Americans. He didn’t do it for money. He says it was to alert the American people.
Washington condemns his actions and demands his return from sanctuary. The Administration is filled with rage. The mainstream media (which seems biased and politically-motivated) echoes these sentiments. Yet one might examine the operative question of whether Edward Snowden is a traitor — or a hero. When you have Glenn Beck, Oliver Stone, The New Yorker, Rand Paul, Rachel Alexander (of the Christian Post) and Michael Moore (and so many others) all calling Snowden a “hero,” you have to wonder if there isn’t more to the story than is being pressed on the American public by the government and the press.
The issue raised by these strange bedfellows is as much about an encroachment on civil liberties as it is about an alleged traitor who is spilling secrets. Which is worse? Should Americans accept growing intrusion and oversight? Should Americans question the IRS’s granting not-for-profit status to liberal political organizations but not to conservative ones? Is there concern about spying on the Associated Press? Are we worried that the White House has decreed that the Census Bureau (with all of its statistics) must now report to the White House and not to the Commerce Department (where it belongs)? Do we go along with the silence and misdirection on the murder of Americans in Benghazi? One has to wonder what’s coming down the road. . . . .