Snowden was wrong and deserves to be punished.

           Edward Snowden revealed the Top Secret NSA Surveillance program. The NSA is collecting phone records and they are also collecting Internet records under the PRISM program. Republican Senators chastised President Obama and said they knew nothing of the program, a blatant lie. There are records showing Congress having briefings about the programs, maybe they went home instead of going to the briefings.

Snowden dropped out of high school. Got a job as a janitor at the CIA and somehow worked himself into a low-level intellegence position. He apparently is a whiz with computers. As budgets for the NSA, CIA and FBI were slashed they began outsourcing a lot of the intellegence work. Snowden left the CIA and began working in those fields. He stole information he was not even supposed to have and fled the country. He worked with the Guardian newspaper to get it out.

There is no dilema here, ge broke the law and the contract hth e signed to be privy to Top Secret information. Giving Top Secret information to anyone not cleared to look at it can be considered treason. If someone dies because of the information he made public will he still be considered a hero? Releasing classified information like this hurts our National Security. We are a free state, not a police state, but we do have to take measures to protect our country.

I am a Democrat and a Liberal but I realize that National Security is of the utmost importance. Do you think it was blind luck we were only hit with one terrorist attack since 9/11. There is a reason for that. How many people were prosecuted because of these programs? These programs had to get renewed court orders every 3 months for 7 years and Senators claim they didn’t know. Republican outrage over this is a sham, they supported George W. Bush and his illegal wiretapping.

What Snowden did was wrong? If he sold these secrets to Russia he would be labeled a traitor. Instead he gave it to a newspaper who gave it to our enemies. He is a traitor, plain and simple. The Government looking at your Internet activity is wrong, but corporations doing it is ok. Snowden deserves to be punished. There is no way around that and any country that shelters him obviously has a vested interest in him.

Why doesnt anyone understand what Top Secret means?

           Edward Snowden, whether he did the right thing or not, is a criminal. In order to get a Top Secret clearance you have to sign an agreement, if you hreak the agreement you are technically guilty of treason. There are many things that the public should not know. Should we know the President’s exact schedule? Knowing where he is at any time. NO! Should we know where our nuclear weapons are or the codes to fire them? Of course not.

                   Anything and everything you do on the internet leaves a trail. Someone can always find out what you are doing. At least now it goes before a court, the FISA Court. When George W. Bush was in charge they tapped phones without court authority. The government does get a court order in order to get your phone and internet data. They go before the court every 3 months to renew the coury order. This is Top Secret, which means it affects our country in some important way.

                  Corporations have access to all of our data. They do this to learn how to market to us. Why is it ok for a corporation to do it, but not the government. The 4th Amendment is not being torn apart. As far as I can tell it is within the Amendment. They are getting a court order to get the data. It is not breaking any laws. But Republicans and their cohorts are trying to paint President Obama as an evil man and Democrats as do nothings.

The simple fact is that no law is being broken. As much as Republicans, who constantly violating civil liberties, cry about it, it is not illegal. But there is a portion of this country that hates him because of his skin color and will go against him regardless of what he does. This is the America we live in.