While I generally support President Obama, his position on Edward Snowden sure puts him on the wrong side of history [“2 newspapers call for clemency for Edward Snowden,” News, Jan. 3].
World opinion increasingly hails Snowden as a hero, and it’s become quite clear that this is how history will view him. The president really needs to do an about-face on this one or risk future generations putting him in the same mental folder with the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Who is the enemy? Both Pfc. Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden have been accused of “aiding and abetting the enemy.” I’ve noticed that the powers that be are a little vague on who, exactly, this enemy is. Who is the enemy in the case of National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapping? Is it al-Qaida? No, they already know…More
Transparency could prevent abuse of power When the National Security Agency reviews huge masses of our personal communications, it’s dangerously naive to insist that the status quo is safe from abuse. [“Espionage charges for Snowden,” page one, June 22.] During the 1960s and ’70s, my mother and other Seattle-area leftist political activists were the targets of…More
Snowden is not a traitor I find it incredibly ironic that Dick Cheney considers Edward Snowden to be a traitor who puts American lives at risk. [“Cheney backs surveillance, calls NSA contractor a traitor,” News, June 17] A decade ago, Cheney led the American public to believe that weapons of mass destruction existed in Iraq. He…More
There are limits If the government wants to read my email, go right ahead. [“Investigators target how leaker got top-secret data,” page one, June 11] If they want to listen to my phone calls, no problem. If they want to know my political leanings, check my yard signs and bumper stickers. But what happens between me and my…More
Snowden the watchdog Since when is columnist David Brooks a psychiatrist? He fails to justify why the government listens to and tracks Americans’ phone and Internet activity [“Edward Snowden: betrayer of trust,” Opinion, June 12].Despite spending billions of U.S. dollars on security, Brooks can’t explain why 9/11, the Boston massacre, foreign hacking into our government’s…More