Yes, the NSA should be charged with espionage instead of Edward Snowden, because Snowden was only trying to tell the American people about dangerous things that were going on in their government. Snowden was a hero for telling the truth. The NSA has become the exact thing that they are trying to protect us from. They deserve to be charged.
The war on terror is over--Osama bin Laden is dead. The USA Patriot Act no longer applies since al-Qaeda is on the run and we have better agents at airports to detect people who shouldn't be in this country. NSA's spying program didn't prevent the Boston Marathon bombings, did it? The NSA is out of control and should be considered a rogue government operation that exists outside the sphere of influence of Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court. They're probably monitoring this post, even as we speak! Luckily, Americans have the right to an opinion and the NSA can't arrest me for that, at least not yet! The point is that once some rights are taken away, what's next? Will the NSA monitor our bank accounts and credit card transactions next? Will every wire and digital tower be tapped 10 years from now? Where does the spying stop? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves. Once a single right goes, it snowballs into more and more rights being taken away until the only rights Americans have is the right to think.
I don't think the NSA should be charged with espionage because they were acting in the best interest of the country. I think they were trying to protect the country. Edward has to be charged because he broke rules he was sworn not to. He didn't do a bad thing other then breaking the rules.
To the best of our knowledge, the National Security Agency has not done anything illegal with its spying. The spying that they have done on the American people may be disturbing, but for those of us who have nothing to hide, it's nothing to be alarmed about. E-mail account companies, websites, Facebook, and the like are getting much more personal data from us than the NSA. Yet we do not complain about it at all. Snowden is the one who broke the law by revealing documents and information he was under contract with the national government never to reveal.
Unfortunately there is no legal basis to charge the NSA with any criminal activities, at least not yet. Edward Snowden did break the law, as well. So there is no way that any of this gets turned around at all. The NSA should not be charged, and Snowden should be pardoned.
I don't see what the big controversy over Snowden is about. He leaked some documents that say that the NSA is spying on other countries and citizens. That's what they must do to keep the country safe. If you have nothing to hide, you need not to worry. There is nothing wrong with what they did.
The NSA is supposed to be engaged in espionage. That's its job. The government does need to snoop on some people, and some things need to be kept secret. That's just the nature of government. However, some of the methods used are questionable and need to be changed. Yet, it's not an all or nothing proposition.