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Edward Snowden Tells NBC: I'M a Patriot


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Cal
- 91 days ago - cnn.com
Speaking to anchor Brian Williams in a Moscow hotel, Snowden said he considers himself a patriot, and he wouldn't have gone to such lengths to reveal secret U.S. government surveillance programs if he didn't have to.



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Debbie S. (33)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 5:28 am
I think Edward Snowden is a hero and a true patriot. Our government has sold us out. This country is in trouble because of our government.
 

Barry T. (845)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 6:42 am
I am glad that he blew the whistle and I certainly would not put him in jail but

I don't like the term "patriot" because it suggests that nationalism is a good thing, that one’s ties to a piece of land and a state override ones ties to humanity and the living world.

Nobody talks much about it anymore but John Lennon championed NEWTOPIA (I wish he would've copyrighted the name to prevent its mis-use corporately and by Hew World Order types.
s.
 

SuSanne P. (182)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 10:20 am
Thank you Cal. I think Mr. Snowden is a true HERO. I've heard on the news today many different opinions on the subject, but one that stands out is that of course thousand feel his a traitor, but tens of thousand now believe he is a true patriot. I agree with Barry's post regarding the definition of patriot, but I don't see it changing anytime soon. If people are finally coming around to the fact that Mr. Snowden truly has our best interests in mind I couldn't be happier! I believe we need transparency as to the truths of the corruption too many are unaware is occurring.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 12:55 pm
noted, thanks
 

Gary A L. (133)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 1:58 pm
I'm glad Edward Snowden blew the whistle on these traitors to our country no one should ever trust or co-operate with anyone in the government their all lairs
 

Sheri Schongold (6)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 2:02 pm
I wouldn't call him a hero under any circumstances. Yes, the whistle needed to be blown, but don't make a hero out of a publicity seeker.
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 2:14 pm
No need to convince me he's a patriot. Or a hero. What he knowingly sacrificed to blow the whistle makes him a hero to me.
 

James Maynard (68)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 2:14 pm
Reserving my opinioin on Mr.
Snowden, but, the gov't has
gone overboard.
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 3:23 pm
Thanks Cal. Hero might be a strong word as would patriot, but blowing the whistle was something worth doing.
 

Winn Adams (191)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 5:57 pm
Thanks Cal.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 6:38 pm
He is an a$$hole and a traitor. May he rot in Russia.
 

Sherry B. (52)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 11:06 pm
Noted. While I don't think he is a traitor like many do, and I'm not sure hero is appropriate, I appreciate what he did. Sometimes a wrong must be done to expose a situation or problem. I definitely do not think he should be put in jail. I feel he gave up a lot to expose yet another secret of our government. Excellent comments here by Barry, Susanne & many others!
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Friday May 30, 2014, 12:50 am
Noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 30, 2014, 3:08 am
Noted.
 

Gina R. (0)
Friday May 30, 2014, 3:25 am
patriot or not, we are all just human, some has got an own conscience also a sense of responsibility against the political scourge of humanity in general. he is one of the few!!!
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Friday May 30, 2014, 3:27 am
Thanks Cal.
 

Dimitris Dallis (2)
Friday May 30, 2014, 4:14 am
From people like Snowden I see changes coming from the US...
 

John Gregoire (255)
Friday May 30, 2014, 4:25 am
Sure and Putin is St Peter reincarnated.
 

Wolfgang W. (197)
Friday May 30, 2014, 5:15 am
WELCOME to Germany, Mr Snowden!
 

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Friday May 30, 2014, 6:21 am


 

Esther S. (45)
Friday May 30, 2014, 7:14 am
I don't always agree with Kerry, but I do in this issue. I don't think he is a hero because I don't know how he could go to countries such as Russia and Cuba. I see him as a traitor.
 

Thomas M. (6)
Friday May 30, 2014, 10:05 am
What was his intent when he went to work for NSA? Did he obtain all these documents legally? What specific harm did release of these documents cause others? Name a government in the history of the universe that does not have "secrets." I don't know what to think about Snowden, but, to me, he certainly he is no hero. He admits to being a spy. He admits he ripped off classified documents. He admits he released these documents to the public. On the other end of things, governments have crossed the line on surveillance. What should happen to your own citizens who cross the line? Are they heroes? traitors? Who gets to decide?
 

SuSanne P. (182)
Friday May 30, 2014, 10:09 am
Cal I must say that the few of us who used the word 'hero' has taken this thread far off track. I believe semantics is being used to our disadvantage as the definition of hero is interpreted by each of us in our personal ways and is a subjective word to each of us. I feel the government has gone too far with their secrecy while all so called whistle blowers are risking their entire existence to educate us on what is going on under the guise of a treat to National Security.
I gave many stars but not to people who call him a traitor or make comments such as "Sure and Putin is St Peter reincarnated." No need to be nasty.
" patriot or not, we are all just human, some has got an own conscience also a sense of responsibility against the political scourge of humanity in general. he is one of the few!!!" Brilliantly spoken Gina R.
 

Marija Mohoric (51)
Friday May 30, 2014, 11:09 am
Thank you Mr. Snowden! for all. Tks for info Cal.
 

Shirley A. (96)
Friday May 30, 2014, 1:52 pm
My feeling about this guy from day one was that he set himself up to be able to make money and become a little media monger. As far as I'm concerned he's no patriot, he's a self-serving media whore. Anyone that has not realized that our government and every other government that has the capacity, keeps tabs on each other and citizens. While I'm all for personal privacy, I also know that "the bad guys" terrorist and traitors, come in all forms and fashion and the most true blue American can be corrupted to do horrid things to our nation. Privacy has not been a reality since the internet came to be so those that think it's such an invasion need to look closer and longer at the websites, groups and organizations they freely share all their private information with. It's a hard call for me about where I come down on how much info the government should be allowed to keep on citizens especially since 9-11 but in this day and age I think I would rather have our government watching out for thugs, terrorist and all those that will cause death and harm to our country and innocent people as best they can. The NSA information gathering hasn't changed my life one iota but we sure as hell need to be EXTRA vigilant about who the hell we put in office and in charge of having that kind of power. If Snowden had decent intent and was acting as a "patriot" he certainly should have and could have handled things very differently.
 

David B. (29)
Friday May 30, 2014, 2:15 pm
"As far as I'm concerned he's no patriot, he's a self-serving media whore. "... ? Based on what?
 

Birgit W. (144)
Friday May 30, 2014, 3:49 pm
I totally agree with SuSanne P., Barry T., and Debbie S.
Mr. Snowden, you are a hero!
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Friday May 30, 2014, 4:28 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. Yes, Snowden is absolutely a courageous hero. He has a conscience, like Bradley Manning and Daniel Ellsberg before him. He has my respect. No question in my mind.
 

Graziella Veri (0)
Monday June 2, 2014, 1:18 am
Noted,thank you for shared!
 
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