The Pros And Cons Of Edward Snowden

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Edward Snowden exposed NSA’s illegal surveillance in June 2013, this brought about controversial discussions inside America and all over the globe. However, we stay oblivious how this thirty-year-old school dropout advanced to become one of the most recognized critics of the government. Snowden is considered a patriot and a hero of the country, human rights movements like the ACLU and Amnesty International believe that Edward Snowden championed for the privacy rights of the citizens. (Greenwald, 2014) On the contrary, some people and the US intelligence consider Snowden a traitor to the state, the way he exposed the NSA was dubious and brought great risk to the international relationship of the US. Moreover, the state government accused him of breaching of information on the state. Snowden’s leaked information prompted debates all over and it brought major concerns about personal privacy and the security of citizens. His actions to risk his personal freedom to bring controversial information to the public domain is an act of great patriotism, it upholds the virtues in the US constitution. (Gurnow, 2014) Nonetheless, ever since the events of terrorism in 2001, the NSA have given spy agencies mandates to carry out surveillance on suspicious persons, thus reducing acts of radicalization and terrorism. While some people consider Snowden’s actions noble and chivalrous, others contradict with this view. The government has a mandate and responsibility to protect and respect the
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