Edward Snowden: Hero or cad


Ethical spying is an oxymoron

So it appears Edward Snowden has hopped a flight out of Hong Kong and may be on his way to Moscow. China now Russia; this guy knows how to push all the right buttons when it comes to annoying his former country the United States.

One thing is certain, he’s a criminal – whether or not he should be is a discussion he’ll watch from a distance.

SnowdenHis status is still hotly debated, is he a whistle-blower hero who brought to light the invasive Internet snooping activities of the National Security Agency or is he a rat who spilled state secrets after having agreed to a position with the security agency? One thing is certain, he’s a criminal – whether or not he should be is a discussion he’ll watch from a distance.

By it’s very title spying is a sneaky underhand means of gaining information

Having given it some thought I still waver, but have to admit that by originally accepting the position and, one assumes, clearing security checks and signing appropriate documentation, he agreed to keep state secrets and has defaulted on that matter. He’s not a stupid person by a long chalk, surely he knew that security agencies snoop; he shouldn’t have been surprised that a spy agency spied. By it’s very title spying is a sneaky underhand means of gaining information. Some believe the end justifies the means if the spying results in the thwarting of a terrorist attack; others are less open to the prying regardless of good or bad. Either way the idea of ethical spying is an oxymoron.

Had Snowden worked for one of the companies that supplied the metadata, perhaps Verizon or Yahoo!, found out about it and blown the whistle he’d have been a clear-cut champion of the people. However, by working as a contractor for a spy agency and airing secrets he’s a bit of a cad.

Had Snowden worked for one of the companies that supplied the metadata, perhaps Verizon or Yahoo!, found out about it and blown the whistle he’d have been a clear-cut champion of the people

There was a song by Van Halen a little while ago called Right Now. Pepsi used it in a number of their ads. One of the things that stuck with me from the video is a statement that “Right now our government is doing things we think only other countries do”.

RightNow

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