Was Snowden right to publish publicly the spionage of USA to other countries?
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My opponent may not agree with the NSA survaliiance programs, but the fact of the matter is is that these programs are legal, have been proven to save lives, and are being constantly monitored behind closed doors through the House Intellegence Coummunity. And to say other nations wouldn't spy is rediciculous, the Pentagon for instance gets hacked on average more than 3,000 times a day, mostly from Communist China.
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"I believe Snowden was right to publish the secrets of the U.S government because a government cannot be based on lies"
No. Snowden is wrong for divulging national security secrets, which has damaged America's relations with its allies while disclosing intelligence gathering methods to its adversaries. In a court of law, inflicting intentional damage to one's country is considered treason. And we have reasons to believe that Snowden may have treasonous intent based on his travels and appeals to some of the most anti-American and democratically dispicable countries in the world.
"Snowden is being accused because he disrepected the prvacity of the country, but the country is disrespecting the citizens privacy."
The obvious legal bases for protection of citizens' privacy rights rides in the 4th amendment, which says that the government can not order unreasonable search and seizure of a person's property without due process. Yet what the PRISM and other NSA programs attempt to do is to record suspicious phone numbers and addresses. Recording and reading an address however, is nothing different than what the US Post Office does every single day. There is nothing unreasonable or illegal here. Opening the contents of a letter however, still requires a court-order. The target here is also forgiven nationals, messages, and phone calls leaving and entering the country, this is not an attempt by the government to target law abinding citizens.
"I think that he did the right thing because many people have an image of the United States that is wrong, many people think that the United States have nothing wrong in their government but the truth is that they hide a lot of things..."
Every government does wrong, but I would argue that histroy shows that the US has a better record than some. But in case of the NSA servaliance programs, they were made legal through the Patriot Act, and are currently constantly monitored for review by the House Intelligence Community. Nothing here is a lie or abuse of power.
"I think he was right when he made this decision, because is not fair that a country that is a good example for many others is doing espionage to his citizens or other countries that are being loyal to US"
Other nations spy all the time, and in more vastly sinister ways then the US. As I stated before the Pentagon gets hacked 3,000 times a day on average. Try looking at some of the military designs for weapons China has stolen sometime.
"I think what Snowden did what was correct, in this world we cannot let the abuses pass like that, our job is to let the people know what they have to know and we all have the right of privacy and it should be respected and not just taken by a government that only works for the interest of all the people but the ones in the government itself."
Please see by arguments above which addresses why this is not an abuse of government power, and that it was in fact legal.
I would argue here that these NSA programs are essential to saving lives. Since 9/11 there has been over 40 organized terrorist attacks prevented on the US (heritage.org) So please tell me how many lives you would let die because you couldn't handle being a mean and nasty fella?
"Snowden didn't do anyhting for personal convenience, like he said "...Harming people isn't my goal. Transparency is." He did it for a better future, he took a step no one else was brave enough to do it... He gave up his own family; He gave up his own life so that truth would come up, a truth that US government was hiding from his own people."
If Snowden wanted to act responsibility, then he would have sought whistleblower protection through the US court system or his sponsoring agency's inspector general system. Instead he want to Putin's Russia and Mao's China and spilled the beans to them.
"I really believe that this man Snowden was totally right to do this, for the simple reason that it makes a lot of sense that a country and a government such as the one of the United States of America has ALWAYS been seeking for more and more power over the world no matter what, and this was the perfect secret sta=rategy that no one was being able to notice. Its just about considering all the wars in which the U.S has taken part, just think... the war in Libya, bombings which were suppossedly humanitarian and ended up creating a nonpolitical stability in this nation, which eventually gave the U.S the chance to control this country and this people"
The US has not sought more power, it has sought more security. Especially in a post-9/11 world where attacks can come from any direction, from any place, at any time, and where our allies seem too already comfortable to let the US provide the bulk of security needs anyway.
The fighting In today's world is in the shadows, and I fully support to the foreign policy of the United States to use all legal methods to secure itself and the world from great danger. It is the governments moral duty to protect the country and its citizens.
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