Compared to the his opponents, Snowden is the only true citizen of the united states. He realized that the NSA had gone to far in its mission to 'protect' US citizens, and he took it into his own hands to put a stop to it.
In a court decision, it was said that the NSA's security program was "unconstitutional", thereby violating the freedoms of US citizens. In reality, safety is impossible to achieve with the NSA's methods, because in the end, after being fully protected from terrorism in every way, we will be asking a new question, "who will protect us from the government?"
Many people have already been incriminated for terrorism and have been placed in high security prisons despite the fact that they never were terrorists in the first place. This is your internet, ladies and gentlemen, and if the government continues to monitor the internet - monitor you - then you too might wake up to the sound of the authorities breaking into your house, to hold you to the floor, cuff you, and take you away to a high security prison. Your entire life could be turned upside-down in an instant, the moment the government decides you're a terrorist.
Snowden's actions are a direct retaliation to that system, and works in favor of the people of the US, protecting US citizens from the government. If anything, Snowden deserves an award for his bravery, because he knew exactly what he would be up against for doing the things he did, and he did them anyway for the preservation of the US.
The American government was created for the people with the idea that we the people would run our democracy based on freedom and integrity. It was never our goal, nor our right, to let the divide between government and people become so steep and harsh. We need people like snowden to keep us on the path we claim we intend to walk.
Yes, they should. The government is collecting vast amounts of data, and they cannot give a single incident in which their data has helped a counter terrorism case. From a 300 page government report on the NSA's wiretap program :
“The section 215 telephony meta-data program has made only a modest contribution to the nation’s security … and there has been no instance in which NSA could say with confidence that the outcome would have been different without the section 215 telephony meta-data program.”
The actions of the NSA are in direct violation of the Bill of Rights, but even though it was passed in a "secret court", it never faced the supreme court. Nothing Snowden revealed is particularly sensitive, embarrassing or disturbing, nut not of much use to America's enemies. Terrorists communications are almost certainly protected by public-key encryption, which is effectively impossible to break. In fact, there are many cases of various governments retrieving encrypted hard drives and being unable to make a dent in their security. Snowden's actions are based on the same moral principles that are written into the Declaration of Independence: When a government is in error and a man can change it, it is his civic duty to do so.
Are you kidding me? Do you think it makes sense to pay for committing treason against those who have betrayed the ideals of the American Dream? Get real. I don't care if it's nothing new, it's worse than ever, and I'll readily applaud any man, woman, or something else that exposes the truth about those so eager to sell and exploit our personal data.
Snowden is a traitor. He hindered a government plan to promote stability and deter terrorist threats. I don't see why anyone cares about trivial information such as tweets an random phone calls and whatnot being viewed by the government. I ask you, does the government truly care? They only care if you're a terrorist or potential terrorist. Snowden deserves a traitor's welcome, as opposed to that of a hero.
He will, be put on Government watch list (if he isn't all ready) He will probably never get another Government job. The Government will be waiting for him to slip up, but ultimately hes too much of a public figure to be dealt with for now. Once he is out of the public eye who knows what could happen to him.
I don't agree with what he did, the only reason he is still alive is because he went public and the majority of the public seems to be on his side for now. Anyone else would have been put in front of a firing squad for high treason.
Edward Snowden will never return to America without facing some sort of penalty. He exposed government secrets, and I would suggest that there have already been multiple authorized US attempts on his life despite his foreign location. Let's not pretend that he was some knight in shining armor. NSA surveillance can be argued to have saved millions of lives, and Snowden's informational leaks likely have lead to more than a couple deaths. He should be held accountable for his actions, but it remains to be seen if he will ever return.
I understand both sides; yes he committed an act of heroism by showing the NSA spying but on the other hand he didn't just show random documents to random people. He exposed very important files to our enemies (or friendly enemies) like Russia & China. He didn't go to Canada and be like aye, look at what america is doing. He should not return without punishment because he did the wrong thing by exposing national secrets and things we should keep secrets from other governments. But don't act like America is so awful because every government does this, that's a fact. People commit high treason all the time from Presidents like Ronald Reagan in the Iran-Contra affair to government workers like this one. He really didn't expose that NSA was spying considering Bush signed these bills in 2001 after 9/11 due to the post-9/11 social hysteria with congress and public support of bills like the patriot act and FISA. It's not something new, Obama didn't start it & Snowden should be tried for treason.