"Shocked the globe"
Eric Snowden shocked the globe with allegations that the (NSA) monitored U.S. citizens through social media sites, emails and cell phones. This information put the Obama administration under fire. Eric Snowden conducted an interview with “The guardian Newspaper” in a hotel in Hong Kong. In addition, he was affiliated with the (NSA) through a private contractor, which allowed him access to some top secret documents. “The Guardian Newspaper compared Snowden a 29 year old former (CIA) technical assistant and current employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, to Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning.”
Snowden maybe labeled a "Benedict Arnold," traitor or insubordinate, in contrast to his negative image in the media, what if the information he leaked was true.
Furthermore, the United States citizens Constitutional Rights may have been violated. Several media outlets have labeled Snowden unpatriotic, however, his actions should be considered liberal in America’s democratic set-up. The U.S. Government "believes leaking is tantamount to aiding the enemies of the United States," says a June 1, 2011, Defense Department strategy for the program that was obtained by McClatchy. "President Obama has done more than any other administration to forcefully pursue and address leaks of classified National Security information….. The Obama Administration has prosecuted twice as many cases under the espionage Act as all other administrations combined."
Charges have been filed on Eric Snowden for violating the "Espionage Act". His accusations of exposing (NSA) practices and the program labeled (Prism) are an intricate plot to eradicate the facts that leaked to the citizens of America. Also, "The Patriotic act" was passed to investigate potential terroristic behavior. However, this law has been abused by the U.S. Government to analyze the citizens’ data in order to harness terrorism, while monitoring its citizens. These deceptive actions by the U.S. Government have caused U.S. citizens to distrust its government. Statistics shows that in "2012 the government made 1,856 requests to conduct digital surveillance or physical searches for Intel purposes."
By Collis Marrow August, 2013