Is Edward Snowden, who leaked information about National Security Agency surveillance, a hero or a traitor?Edward Snowden is first and foremost a terrorist. He has released classified information, which does irreparable harm to the U.S. When he is captured, he should be tried and convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.I worked in the defense industry for over 40 years with various levels of security clearances and need-to-know access. Classified information is only releasable to individuals with the appropriate security clearance and access levels with no exceptions. The no-exceptions include relatives, friends, and I have even worked on projects that I could not tell my supervisors about, based on need-to-know.I always took my security responsibilities very seriously. If you do not agree with these requirements then you should find a job with no access to sensitive information. If you disagree with the USA restrictions, you are welcome to go somewhere else to live. — Walter H. Delashmit, JustinAll countries spy. This is as old as time itself. America need not apologize. If you have nothing to hide, why worry? Snowden is a traitor, not a reformer. Capture the ingrate — dead or alive. He has jeopardized national security. — Peter D’Brass, Grand PrairieOur elected officials, sworn into office, under oath, to obey and protect the U.S. Constitution, have perjured themselves and violated our trust. Our leaders are the ones guilty of crimes against the U.S.So, to deflect criticism and obscure the obvious, they label Edward Snowden a traitor. I believe any competent person anywhere on the planet can see who the real criminals are.Snowden is a hero for protecting our Constitution and exposing Big Brother’s dirty laundry. I, for one, am ashamed of what our country has become. Thanks, NSA, for listening to my rant. I feel better now. — Glenn Zeschke, GrapevineOne premise of our country is to offer freedom for all people, even to homegrown terrorists. Consequently, we are forced to have a strong security system to protect our citizens. This mandates certain agencies to do whatever is necessary within the law. Snooping on communications is considered by some as an invasion of their privacy. However, it is an integral part of surveillance of potential criminals, and in reality, not a threat to law-abiding citizens.Our White House and Congress have labeled Snowden as “a traitor who made a narcissistic decision that he personally had a right to decide what public information should be in the public domain.” He considered himself above the law. As a part of his clearance he had to swear to uphold the law regarding national security. Violation of his oath regarding secret and sensitive information is a traitorous action. — Grady Fuller, KennedaleMr. Snowden broke the law. That makes him a traitor. There are legal ways to voice one’s opinion about policies one disagrees with when working for the government, and he chose to bypass any of those. He fancies himself a revolutionary hero. Let’s see how that works for him in South America. — Jeff Murray, WeatherfordMy experience with outsourcing was that there was a limited amount of loyalty in the partnership due to its transient nature. At any time the partnership could be dissolved. The same is true with government outsourcing. In the illusion of downsizing government, we have resorted to outsourcing government functions to contractors.These contractors’ employees are aware that their continued employment is contingent on future contracts. Therefore, their loyalty is primarily to themselves — the prevailing attitude among workers in the private sector.I do not condone Snowden's behavior, but, as long as we allow those in Washington to outsource exclusive government functions, he is just leading the parade. — Tom Smusz, BrockNow they “Wag The Dog,” because they've been exposed. If there wasn’t anything with the smell of a three-day-old bouillabaisse in their logic that all was legit, why do the wheel-that-squeaks-the-loudest-gets-the-grease routine? We the people are not fooled all of the time, and we need to be trusted by our government, not put in practice the George Orwell book 1984. Since these intellectual spy-dogs claim they've stopped numerous terrorist plots, where were they when the Boston marathon bombing was planned and executed? — Delbert Cantrell, Fort WorthSome think Snowden is a hero, others consider him a whistleblower.He is neither. He violated an oath to his country, and that makes him a traitor. I hope to see him returned to the U.S. and stand trial for treason. — J.W. Robbins, Haltom CityFrom what I read in the Star-Telegram and online, I see that Mr. Snowden gave up a $200,000-a-year job while living in Hawaii.So he sacrificed a lot. You only sacrifice a lot for a country you love, not one you hate.Because of his revelations, we now see how much our government spies on all Americans. Such spying is wrong and our government is and should be embarrassed.Nearly all terrorist acts for the last 20 years have been done by a single small faction. So why spy on all of us just to monitor a small group? Unless, of course, you find that spying on all Americans enlarges government power for some reason. That reason cannot be good for us. — Curt Lampkin, AzleIt is always amazing how certain events quickly bring out hypocrisy in people.When the surveillance leak was first learned about, people and the media displayed anger and shock. However, since the face behind the leak revealed himself, their tune changed. The government labeled him a traitor, and everybody else followed suit. Suddenly, nobody was upset about complete invasion of privacy and being monitored.The government used the excuse that it was for national security. Then why couldn't the NSA prevent the Fort Hood incident?The NSA says it has thwarted many plots with PRISM. Our government is a "Peeping Tom." For all governments that abuse the power they've been given, there's a day of reckoning. It's called Judgment Day. — Elizabeth Powell, RoanokeAs usual, the press pillories the messenger and ignores the message. The real traitors are those who continue to infringe on our constitutional guarantees.It’s one thing for individuals to voluntarily give up personal information, like on Facebook, but it’s another when the government steals it through tapping into telephones, email, and other supposedly private records.If it was a wave of prying and spying during the Bush administration, it’s become a tsunami under Obama. Now we have the specter of government employees spying on one another and the spreading of suspicion and distrust.The “Last King of Scotland” is alive and well at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., and we should worry about Snowden? — Clyde Picht, Fort WorthIt’s not acceptable for the government to be spying on its citizens. But it’s also inexcusable for a U.S. citizen to copy classified information and announce it to the world.One of our very wise founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, once said, “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”It was a good call of Snowden’s to realize what the government was doing wasn’t right. However, Snowden should’ve taken an alternative option that would’ve been both legal and more effective. If the method Snowden used to release confidential details was acceptable, what would keep others with classified information of our government’s inner workings from doing the same?Snowden’s intentions may have been in the right place, but his course of action wasn’t the wisest. — Faith Hale, Fort Worth
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