Every few months I have to recalibrate with Eugene Robinson in order to realize that this liberal writer and I agree completely on the role of the National Security Agency and the fact that they have gone far beyond that role, funded by our taxpayer dollars to collect against our own citizenry, no less!!!
Edward Snowden had to be. Whether he is a traitor, I will leave to someone more nuanced than myself.
He did need to fill the role of whistleblower. And of canary in the coal mine.
He may never be able to come back to the States. I think he realized that possibility when he did what he did. He counted the cost and . . . did what he did anyway.
What if we had never found out that the NSA is collecting on virtually every electronic move made by every resident of this land, as well as many people overseas? And that it is storing the data for quick recall later if they ever suspect one of us of anything.
As Mr. Robinson says, this data is always available after the fact with a warrant.
But the NSA wants their collection to be effortless. And apparently warrantless.
I like Mr. Robinson’s statement that it is supposed to be inconvenient (to the government) to invade our privacy!!!