Hero or Traitor?
by Dong-Le on September 2, 2013 - 10:33pm
This article introduces former NSA agent and whistle-blower Edward Snowden who leaked the truth about the massive surveillance program of Americans by the NSA and CIA. This controversial case picked my attention in what is the righteous way to protect one’s own country. He might look as he has committed a crime against his own country by betraying the notorious NSA and CIA. However, what make its country are actually its people, and they are being watched unwillingly by the NSA and CIA.
Therefore, is Snowden really a traitor?
Indeed, lying to your own people would make you a traitor itself. The people have the right to know what is going on, and most importantly, they have the right to privacy which is a fundamental human right. I, for one, wouldn’t want to be spied on without any valid reason to connect me to potential threat to my country. On the other hand, Snowden has sworn to keep secrecy to protect his country that one could say has its people’s best interest. Perhaps, this massive surveillance program is righteous in the sense that it could have been the only way to ensure the best security since the 9/11 catastrophe. Nonetheless, even if it would have been the best plan against terrorism, its application should have been approved by the mass first to ensure that the right to privacy of Americans is not disregarded.
This brings to this following question: is the notion of security more important for a country than its people’s right to privacy?