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Edward Snowden is ...

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A Hero
  11716 votes / 38%
More hero than villain
  6997 votes / 22%
Ambiguous in intent
  3889 votes / 12%
More villain than hero
  1431 votes / 4%
A villain
  1420 votes / 4%
A fictional character designed to distract us
  2106 votes / 6%
In it for the airline snacks
  2929 votes / 9%
30488 total votes.
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  • Wrong by law (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 25, 2013 @09:23AM (#44099781)

    He is merely wrong by law, not by morality. If I might remind the slashdot crowd: authority is doing what you are told, regardless of what is right; morality is doing what is right, regardless of what you are told.

    Being an independent thinker, I side with morality, and therefore he is a hero.

  • Re:Hero (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dwpro (520418) <.dwpro777. .at. .yahoo.com.> on Tuesday June 25, 2013 @12:11PM (#44101537)

    Sorry to double respond, but here's the quote from snowden:

    Leaving the US was an incredible risk, as NSA employees must declare their foreign travel 30 days in advance and are monitored. There was a distinct possibility I would be interdicted en route, so I had to travel with no advance booking to a country with the cultural and legal framework to allow me to work without being immediately detained. Hong Kong provided that. Iceland could be pushed harder, quicker, before the public could have a chance to make their feelings known, and I would not put that past the current US administration.

  • Re:Wrong by law (Score:5, Interesting)

    by orgelspieler (865795) <w0lfie@@@mac...com> on Tuesday June 25, 2013 @12:53PM (#44102129) Journal

    I don't think whistleblowing becomes espionage just because somebody sought out the position that allowed them to collect the evidence they were seeking. Espionage typically denotes the use of spies by governments against other governments, or corporations against other corporations (or any combination thereof, apparently). Snowden is not an operative of some other country or company. He sees himself as an operative for the US people. If we the people have "spies" to keep tabs on our own government, I'm OK with that.

  • Re:Snowden (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Chris Mattern (191822) on Tuesday June 25, 2013 @02:01PM (#44102965)

    Oh, if only such a codified constitution had a means to update itself. Such "Amendements", as we might call them, would truly be a godsend.

  • Re:Snowden (Score:4, Interesting)

    by harrkev (623093) <kfmsdNO@SPAMharrelsonfamily.org> on Tuesday June 25, 2013 @03:00PM (#44103715) Homepage

    Gee. Nobody asked me.

    I thought that Bush was an ass for pushing the Patriot Act, and I think that Obama is even more of an ass for, instead of stopping it, pushing it well beyond its intended purpose.

    Yes, there are still some people who wholeheartedly believe in the Consitution and, if given the choice between a 0.0001% chance of a violent death or a 100% chance of an opressive govenment, knows which one is better.

    Part of the problem is the stupid two-party system. The GOP seems to be for the 2nd amendment only, while the Obama adminstration has shown that the only amendment that they like is the 5th (like when their own people use it to protect themselves). If you want politicians that uphold the ENTIRE Constitution, including ALL amendments, you are pretty much screwed these days.

    On the other hand, we have the solution to our energy problem. Just hook a generator up to James Madison. I figure that he must be doing about 2000 RPM in his grave right about now.

  • Re:Wrong by law (Score:5, Interesting)

    by tripleevenfall (1990004) on Tuesday June 25, 2013 @03:38PM (#44104175)

    I very much agree, what he did is against the law, but I don't think I would call it wrong.

    I think what he did was most definitely against every law relevant to his field of work. He's guilty of espionage, treason, etc. And from a rule of law perspective, he should be prosecuted like anyone else for those crimes.

    But sometimes history calls for someone to be the man with the briefcase standing in front of the tank.

  • Re:Wrong by law (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Chickenlips (33524) on Tuesday June 25, 2013 @05:06PM (#44105353)
    Isn't it illegal to lie to Congress [http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/06/09/0528228/nsa-surveillance-heat-map-nsa-lied-to-congress]? Isn't it illegal for the NSA to gather information beyond the limits of the FISA laws, or FISA granted warrants [http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/08/nsa-boundless-informant-global-datamining]? Makes me wonder who actually "hates our freedom"?
  • Re:Wrong by law (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 25, 2013 @06:16PM (#44106355)

    John Oliver said something to the effect of: "We're not saying you broke the law, Mr. President -- we're saying that we're shocked that you didn't have to."

  • Pot/kettle (Score:4, Interesting)

    by FatLittleMonkey (1341387) on Tuesday June 25, 2013 @06:41PM (#44106637)

    Yes, because it is morally correct to lie to [...] your country, betray trusts, steal information,

    Just so we're clear, you believe those are bad things, right? Lying to your own country, betraying trusts, stealing information. All bad things, yes?

  • Re:Wrong by law (Score:5, Interesting)

    by novium (1680776) on Wednesday June 26, 2013 @12:26AM (#44109023)

    Whatever else he may be guilty of, it's not treason. The founding fathers unsurprisingly had strong views on treason, having all been regarded as traitors themselves, and so in the US, treason is very, very, very specifically defined and does not apply to him.

  • Re:Wrong by law (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Urza9814 (883915) on Wednesday June 26, 2013 @08:13PM (#44118417)

    ...because even a politician like Palin wouldn't be dumb enough to do that? Look at the names people are calling Snowden. Those (and more) would all be used by their opponent in the next campaign cycle. A federal investigation (even just to uncover the source) wouldn't look to good either. Not to mention it would SERIOUSLY piss off the major campaign donors.

    The people who should have broken this -- who our Founding Fathers expected would handle things like this -- are the press. But they're too busy worrying about Justin Bieber or whoever the celebrity of the day is. Snowden did the only thing he could that would have any hope of correcting the unlawful and immoral actions he discovered.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten

 



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