Edward Snowden: Protector of Civil Liberties or Traitor?

Posted by on June 21st, 2013

When I first read George Orwell’s 1984 as part of my high school required reading, I never thought anything of it.  Granted, at the time I probably still believed that the Chicago Cubs would eventually win the World Series, but never in my wildest dreams did I foresee a time when the U.S. government would be forced to go to great lengths to access my phone and email records.

Then again, terrorism was not word that was bandied around about back in 1983, like it is today.  The closest thing to terrorism in the Goldberger household, at least according to my parents, was that I, the youngest child, was terrorizing my older siblings.  But even that was never considered a threat to national security.

But that was then and this is now.

What people are quickly learning is that terrorism will forever be a part of our daily lives.  While I have the greatest amount of respect for those who tirelessly work 24/7/365 to protect our freedom, my fellow U.S. citizens and I are increasingly reminded that terrorism comes in many forms – both foreign and domestic.

1993 – Original Bombing of World Trade Center – Foreign Terrorism

1995 – Oklahoma City Bombing – Domestic Terrorism

2000 – USS Cole suicide bombing – Foreign Terrorism

2001 – Second Bombing of World Trade Center – Foreign Terrorism

2013 – Boston Marathon Bombing – Foreign/Domestic Terrorism

The point of today’s blog is not to defend or condemn Mr. Snowden’s actions (although I must say that I question his reasons and tactics), I’ll simply state that I believe certain civil liberties must be forsaken in order to protect our most important rights – safety and ultimate freedom.

The problem is that ‘freedom’ has many definitions.

For me freedom is pretty simple:  Freedom embodies the notion that Americans live in a very special place, where opportunities are vast and where people, more often than not, live in a safe environment.

For over 200 years, America has worked hard to protect the freedom of its citizens.

And I hope that we continue to work hard at it for another 200 years.

The simple fact is I find it far-fetched that any law-abiding citizen has anything substantial to hide; so who cares if the government has access to your phone and email logs.  Sorry but most of what you’re saying and doing has very little audience beyond Facebook.

Alarmists will have you think that this most recent incident proves that the government is overstepping its boundaries.

And that’s why they’re alarmists.

You know what I say – don’t step, LEAP beyond those artificial boundaries – if gaining access to information that will enable my unborn child to live a safe, rich and fulfilling life in the United States.