The NSA is on the hunt for Edward Snowden,29, because they claim he turned his back on America. As a counter measure, the ACLU today, filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for the spurious logging of American’s phone records–a revelation leaked by ex NSA contractor Edward Snowden.However, the story is far from being so simple. What most news outlets have failed to realize is that Snowden didn’t turn his back on America, the country, no, he turned his back on America’s hidden class stratum by supplying privileged information to the common man.
Many people have been questioning Snowdens patriotism, but that is far from the issue here–Snowden turned his back on America not because of any betrayal of country–that’s a non issue; but he, in his special position, divulged important documents to the common, everyday citizen; that was his greatest crime.
Edward Snowden had access to information only very few in the world are privy too. By 2007, the CIA had stationed him with diplomatic cover in Geneva, Switzerland, where he maintained computer network security, he told the Guardian. Many an American would have loved to have Snoweden’s position.
Snowden’s knowledge of computer programming gave him a leg up over the people he left behind in lower level positions.He joined the CIA in information technology security, rising quickly because of his understanding of the Internet and his computer programming skills, he told the Guardian.
Edward was exempt from obligations and liabilities the average citizen would be subject to.With time, Snowden told the Guardian, he could no longer live “unfreely but comfortably” as a well-paid infrastructure analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton, a company hired by the NSA to manage its surveillance system. However, Snowden betrayed his own positions in doing this because the average American lives an “unfree but comfortable life”. For most Americans, as long as you provide a 45k annual salary, decent car, and food and clothing–they could care less about their freedoms: Most Americans will sell their freedom for a Honda Civic.
Unlike the apathetic American, Edward Snowden had access to the most sensitive information only available to high-ranking individuals in the U.S. government. “He might be young, but this is not exactly a low-level guy. He’s privy to a lot. “What scares me is what else he knows, and if the Chinese will get to him,” said an official, who is regularly briefed on reports under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and spoke on condition of anonymity. He may have posed like he was one of “us”, but he was anything but, this is what made Edward Snowden a traitor: he was either naive or so stupid as to not know he was no longer the boy next door type–he was above the boy next door and the girl next door.
Snowden leaked information that someone of his status would usually keep to themselves–not only because of NSA and CIA requirements, but because it excuses them from the regular ho-hum life of an American; the elite are very aware that they are above the law. In a way, it appears that Snowden had a case of “wealthy remorse”: for many who are rich, they feel guilty for having so much while others have so little; in Snowden’s case, he had a wealth of knowledge that the rest of us would never lay eyes on.
According to Reuters, one U.S. counterterrorism official noted that the information Snowden leaked was “top secret,” compared to lower-level “secret” information that Manning admitted he provided to wikileaks . “So this is a lot more damaging,” the official said.
Snowden believed that the U.S. government was becoming too intrusive.According to Reuters, Snowden stated the U.S. government’s powers of surveillance have grown so immense and intrusive that he felt compelled to denounce them, even at great personal cost.
This is where Snowden turned his back on America. The NSA created a robust story for the worldwide media to chase after. However, the locus of the problem resides in Snowden’s changing class status.
Snowden would have been protected in his role as one of the “exceptional” or “excused” members of government security–unlike the average American citizen–however, he chose to be like the rest of us. Snowden told the Guardian he joined the military with the idea of aiding the U.S. war effort in and to “help free people from oppression.” Anyone who knows why the Iraq war started would know very well that Snowden was a fool. The military industrial complex required it; it was not a war of liberation for the Iraqi people and even the knowledge starved, everyday American, knows this.
The government has the right to intrude in the lives of their citizens–who doesn’t know that the American government is above its people? In other countries in Europe, the government is afraid of the people, but in America, it’s flipped on its head. The people in America fear their government because they inwardly believe their government knows what’s right for them; they believe in their government; they trust their government. As a result, they are not fit to rise above their government. Only those with the urge for power do so–and they do it successfully. Think not that the Republican and Democratic party candidates are different. They are one and the same: power-hungry vultures.
Edward Snowden discovered that the government was tracking the internet and phone activities of millions of Americans.His post granted him access to what made his position and rise in the NSA possible; he refused to accept his own class ranking and that he was no longer an average citizen.”The public needs to decide whether these programs and policies are right or wrong,” Snowden told the Guardian in the 12-minute video. However, this is what happens when you don’t fully “train” someone headed for higher endeavors. As a youth in the Washington suburb of Fort Meade, Maryland, Snowden attended local schools, but dropped out of Arundel High School about halfway through his sophomore year, said school spokesman Bob Mosier. In other words, he was an average American himself, who had just so happened to be granted a position of privilege, which he spat on. Snowden and people like him (Manning and Assange) can’t stop American authoritarianism from rising from underneath the Constitution.
America’s approval of the Patriot Act, and its subsequent adhering to it, has seamlessly allowed the government to slowly crack down on this tool (the internet) for “free expression” by the masses. And this is right. American society is built on a pyramid scheme: those at the top (the few) and those at the bottom (the masses). Those at the bottom are there because they like to be there. The scary thing is, the moment the average American rises up and decides to take back power from their government, is the very day the privileged will face a horrifying fate. Let’s hope that day never comes. Can we imagine, a society, really ruled by the people? The same people who flock to television shows like American Idol and Dancing with The Stars? This is a society made for looking up–not looking down on other people.
Snowden left Hawaii one month ago in fear for his life. And where is he now? in Hong Kong, an administrative region of the Peoples Republic of China. China, a country known for openly denying its citizens access to a lot of the information we are accustomed to.
Now Snowden is unlike the average citizen– in another way:he must look over his shoulder every day because he thinks his life is at risk. “That’s a fear I’ll live under for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be,” he said in the .
And so the question begging to be asked is: was it worth it? Will history remember Snowden as a hero or a traitor?
Before answering this question, one point must be made: only a special and particular age such as this could easily, and without a fight, give back all the powers the forefathers of the American constitution granted to the average citizen. This age is weary with freedom: they don’t know what to do with it. It’s justice, when the American government, in its fatherly way, scold its children and put them in their place–they don’t know how to handle the responsibility they were given (to be free).
This is a special time in American history; the elite are taking back the reigns of power.The time has come when American higher-ups are saying no to the masses; and the masses are assuming their rightful position–on the bottom of the hierarchy of power. Hence, why the American people seem to care so little about this issue.
The Washington Post reported most Americans back NSA tracking. A large majority of Americans say the federal government should focus on investigating possible terrorist threats even if personal privacy is compromised, and most support the blanket tracking of telephone records in an effort to uncover terrorist activity, according to a new Washington Post-Pew Research Poll. And, there we have it.
In the paraphrased words of Benjamin Franklin, any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
This generation of Americans are undeserving of freedom.
What we have learned from this event and all the other leaks that have plagued the Obama administration is this: the special rights granted to the privileged should not be made accessible to the common people–they are not worthy of such information; they don’t know how to digest such information; and lastly, they will only turn on the person divulging the information for acting out of character ( meaning, not playing their role as superiors). Edward Snowden is a traitor because he refused to acknowledge he was not one of us, but that his status in America’s class structure had been upgraded.
If the NSA wants to continue to assert that Edward Snoweden is a traitor–someone who turned his back on America (which they will do), then so be it. They can spin the story any way they want–they do have the power! But, what one crucial fact should be gathered from this story and all the information that will come out in the future about Snowden: Snowden turned his back on his own wisdom when he gave up confidential and privileged information for the welfare of the common, uncaring, unconcerned, apathetic American.