Edward Snowden, 29 years old, former CIA employee and of late a contract intelligence employee to a consulting firm in Hawaii, earning $200,000 per year, has decided to risk the good quality life he had. He has blown the whistle on a gigantic secret and unaccountable internet and telephone information gathering and spy system called Prism operated by the National Security Administration, NSA, in the USA. For him the founding principles of freedom and openess are more important than his job and lifestyle supporting NSA and Prism.
Many feel he is a hero and are beginning to ask for his pardon or absolution from all possible charges even though no charges have yet been laid. Many feel he is a leader in the sense that one can not just stand around and wait for somebody else to do something about evil and corrupt things. Snowden himself feels he had to be a leader and could not sit with the information he had while a Police State is being formed.
In that sense this is about mindfullness. Do you ignore evil, dishonesty and secrecy because you are comfortable or what? Take action maybe? Talk about it maybe?
Many see him as a villain and are beginning to beat the war drums for his prosecution. He is being painted as a threat to USA security. He is being painted as a villain and Obama, the NSA and Prism as the protectors of Liberty. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Only the truth, no matter how painful, will set you free.
Many feel the very behavior that the NSA, Obama and the US Government indulges in is a reason we have become less secure and focus more and more on military and intelligence controls of our world. Meanwhile in the USA, hundreds of thousands are unemployed and living on the streets. The US economy is in a shambles.
Many commentators and analysts will say that the US has moved very long in the Direction of a Facist State protecting the priveleges of the few at the cost of freedom to the majority.
I feel that Snowden is a leader and an Americain Hero. Yes, he is guilty of breaking US laws. But these were laws that at their core were written to protect freedom and democracy. Is he really guilty of threatening freedom or of protecting it? I believe he is protecting our freedoms by being brave enough to speak out. Two thumbs up to Mr. Edward Snowden.
What do you think? Do we sit around in our T-shirts and wait for others to lead us or take action? Many young people think that enough is enough and are feeling frustrated and disillusioned with governments that are seemingly unnaccountable. What will happen next? Please comment below.
Live Mindfully and be free, Bob and Marianne.®