Edward Snowden: American hero, traitor or fool?

Ballerina Lindsay Mills looks for her boyfriend.  (image from lsjourney.com)

Ballerina Lindsay Mills looks for her boyfriend. (image from lsjourney.com)

“Information wants to be free,” is the oft quoted maxim. Information also wants to be expensive, according to the original quote.

Whistleblower Ed Snowden, who revealed the National Security Agency’s massive cellphone record hoarding program, likely wants to remain free. He was last seen leaving an expensive hotel in Hong Kong and will start accruing an expensive legal tab once the feds catch up to him.

Since many consider him a hero, he may get topnotch, free legal counsel.

Many consider Snowden a traitor. He did reveal classified information, after all. I’ve never worked for the NSA, but I’m thinking they made him sign a few documents that indicated it was NOT OK to download stuff at work and share it with reporters.

Some consider Snowden a fool, not for breaking the law, but for ditching his ballerina girlfriend in Hawaii. Snowden, according to published reports, did not tell the young lady WHY he was leaving the home they shared, but he did tell her he’d be gone for a few weeks.

I’m thinking he’s going to be gone longer than that.

The self-described “petite dreamer,” Lindsay Mills, who writes like I dance, says in her blog that “My world has opened and closed all at once. Leaving me at sea without a compass. Surely there will be villainous pirates, distracting mermaids and tides of change in this new open water chapter of my journey. But at the moment all I can feel is alone.”

“As I type this on my tear-streaked keyboard I’m reflecting on all the faces that have graced my path. The ones I laughed with. The ones I’ve held. The one I’ve grown to love the most. And the ones I never got to bid adieu. But sometimes life doesn’t afford proper goodbyes.”

Hmmmmm … maybe the NSA leak isn’t why Snowden started running.

34 comments Add your comment

Bearhand

June 11th, 2013
9:51 am

It’s like you can see the crazy in her eyes.

DeezNutz

June 11th, 2013
10:01 am

She had fewer editing errors than you, Georgie boy.

doode

June 11th, 2013
10:09 am

Leaving a pad in Hawaii with a tight-bodied girlfriend? Well, he is a high school dropout so he has a history of poor decisions…

George Mathis

June 11th, 2013
10:10 am

Deez, If you alert me to a typo or other gaffe I will fix it. Thanks!

doode

June 11th, 2013
10:14 am

Deez is getting called out!

DeezNutz

June 11th, 2013
10:23 am

As my parents told me, “If I fix your mistakes for you, then you’ll never learn to recognize your own mistakes.” But I’ll give you a hint. When I asked The Hater, he said he do not see more than one error.

crazyeyes

June 11th, 2013
10:26 am

Bear. not sure what you’re talking about. I never made it to her eyes :) !

Curious George

June 11th, 2013
10:53 am

Unless Mr. Snowden has a paid-for-with-actual-money subscription to MyAJC.com, is it really fair for any of us to try to label him a “fool” in this forum?

Tag

June 11th, 2013
10:53 am

Bernie

June 11th, 2013
11:01 am

Kids this why Getting a College Degree is so very Important. If Edwin had continued his Education,Edwin would have learned the importance of Keeping a Good Job. Edwin’s life is now forever changed. The Beautiful woman in the photo above will move on to someone else! Edwin’s New Boyfriend! will have most likely have a Beard and his name will be BUBBA!

Ron

June 11th, 2013
11:12 am

Jtom

June 11th, 2013
11:17 am

I care ess about Snowden than I do about the head of the NSA lying to congress. Perhaps there should be a law making such leaks legal if they refute testimony before Congess.

WRT this program: the government is not a monolithic machine; it’s a group of people. If you target a person (spouse, grirlfriend, boss, enemy, judge, politician, etc.) and have access to whom they are calling, you can harass, intimidate, extort, or blackmail them. Do you really need to hear the conversation if a call is to a suicide hotline, abortion clinic, escort service, psychiatrist, bookie, drug dealer, medical specialist, etc. to know what is likely going on? Do you want anyone, from a high school dropout to a political group, to be able to access that data? Such abuse may not be going on today, but you are exceedingly naive if you don’t believe it eventually will. And although you may never be a target, heaven help the person who is, and heaven help the country if the political party in power decides to use it against their political opponents.

Jtom

June 11th, 2013
11:23 am

Mathis: “Snowden….do not tell the lady…”

No matter how many times you proofread you own writing, you will only read it as,”Snowden…..did not tell the lady,” because that’s what intended to write and expect toe see. Every professional writer needs a second person to do the final proofing.

DeezNutz

June 11th, 2013
11:25 am

In the various forums and articles regarding the leak, I haven’t heard much concern about the fact that this guy worked for the NSA as a contractor. Whether the program itself is legal or illegal, right or wrong, shouldn’t our government have a little more control over the people who have access to this type of info. I think Snowden actually pointed out that much of his concern is that HE had access to the data with his rather low level of clearance, but I haven’t heard much about that aspect of this story.

George Mathis

June 11th, 2013
11:36 am

Thanks Jtom, good catch.

LKW4

June 11th, 2013
11:47 am

It is evident that none of you have any education. This is about Edward Snowden. What part of the article did you not understand? If you all can stop drooling over the picture and learn to read you may understand what is going on. But then again why should you learn to read. This is why the government is doing what they do. You all are to stupid to realize that you have lost your freedom and you would have never known if this guy didn’t tell it all. So who is the one that needs an education? Not him, look at where he is without a HS diploma or a college education. He is making +$200,000.00 a year, what are you making? I don’t believe he should be charged with anything. I believe that the dumba$$’s here need to wake up and do something to get the government to back off and give us our rights and freedoms back.

Gary

June 11th, 2013
11:49 am

What did he think was gonna change by revealing what’s been going on for decades, then putting himself in harm’s way…..Wasn’t a very smart move!!!

USC-69

June 11th, 2013
12:10 pm

Ed Snowden is a hero. He did something courageous knowing the consequences and he did something that most of the self-serving cowards (note the writers in the blog) are afraid to do for fear of losing their material assets. The same cowards that vow to fight to the death for their guns and to defend the second Amendment, do not even know the fourth Amendment and have never put themselves out to defend it.

For review: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The U.S. Government has clearly violated this amendment using a secret scheme and corrupt judges to obtain broad warrants for fishing expeditions and long term record keeping. No representation or legal counsel is provided for the subjects of these searches during these secret hearings. We have a country now invading other countries, imprisoning people for life-times without trial, killing U.S. citizens without notification or trial, spying on U.S. citizens, and sabotaging careers, health, and well-being. Is this the country and government that we fought for and that some of our friends and relatives died for? No.

DLink

June 11th, 2013
12:30 pm

When ordered by a superior officer to kill a civilian child, it is the defining moment of the rest of one’s life. Will you obey that order?

Thankfully, I’ve never been placed in such a position. To disobey would be treason.

Charles

June 11th, 2013
12:32 pm

Wow, a high school drop out and a person who lives in fairyland. I’ll it to both of them. He managed to get a job paying over $100K. And if she’s a trained ballerina that does take skill. But all in all, he’s a traitor. I would imagine that the only way he will stay on the run for long is with help. He sounds intelligent, but his critical thinking skills are woefully lacking.

hnbc

June 11th, 2013
12:35 pm

Not certain if Snowdon is a traitor or hero but he’s a coward, in my book. If he really believed he was doing the right thing, he’d stay and face the music. Running away clearly says he knew what he was doing was wrong. Only a coward would run in that instance. I’m not impressed with what he did.

Sjb

June 11th, 2013
12:36 pm

He is a TRAITOR and a FOOL. a BIG one. He did not have the damn right to do what he did. He was a CONTRACT Employee, for one thing. What gave this idiot the right to reveal top secret surveillance such as this?!? He had NO RIGHT to do so, even though we are supposed to be “up in arms” over this. Come on. We don’t have any privacy anymore – that was lost after 9/11 and with the Patriot Act.

And this same hypocrite, the President of the United states swore 7 years ago he’d get rid of this type of government snooping, only to justify and keep it! What a moron!

So folks, this guy is a TRAITOR and A FOOL!!! His family and friends will now be paying the price – I certainly would put the screws to anyone associated with him – now that’s called “collateral damage”, people, like it or not, any and everyone associated with him is guilty by association.

And to top it all off, this ass was paid a nice salary – $122,000 !!! A high school dropout and a traitor – you belong in Quantanamo!

GR

June 11th, 2013
1:11 pm

This is about of Ed Snowden and all you guys talk about is the way someone writes..Who Care!!! Now as far as I am concerned about Snowden he is both a fool and a traitor. I heard that he is in China. If had did this to the Chinese, he would be missing forever. I retired for the military after 30 years of service and there is no room for people like Ed Snowden.

DLink

June 11th, 2013
1:13 pm

I have an imagination: so imagine this… Impersonating the president and putting nuclear missile silos on high alert, very quietly through the DOD email, because, that might be easy. China notices it, because, spies. Another e-mail to ramp up production of long range missiles to Raytheon specifying China as a target for range requirements.

A kid with a GED pointed out how easily this scenario could happen. I should be “mad” at him? Launch codes for US ICBM missiles were set to 00000000 originally because the military didn’t trust the administration to remember them. White hats are “hackers” who point out vulnerabilities in a system before they can be exploited by the “enemy”.

People don’t like that because it makes them look bad in public. TOUGH.

If anybody has his address, I’ll send a white hat myself to pass along to him, he’s earned it.

Dolores

June 11th, 2013
1:17 pm

He is a traitor = a coward = a fool. Anyone who thinks he is a hero is an even bigger fool.

DLink

June 11th, 2013
1:36 pm

DeezNutz

June 11th, 2013
1:41 pm

Man, so many people here can’t seem to swallow the idea that George writes light-hearted articles about sometimes serious subjects. I for one enjoy it. There are certainly other articles with a more serious demeanor written on the same subject in the AJC. But alas, I guess this is one of the few places left in the ajc.com that allows comments without a login. Can someone be a Hero AND a Fool?

doode

June 11th, 2013
1:45 pm

Simmer down LK- in your rambling screed full of vitriol insinuating that we are all too stupid, you made several gaffes yourself.
1. It is “too” stupid, not “to” stupid.
2. Dumba$$ does not need to be possessive in this instance. You didn’t need to append the apostrophe S there at the end.
3. Indicating that no one needs an education is rather myopic – education is a life long quest. Success isn’t always determined by the amount of money you make. Usually the people who think that are devoid of happiness, rather putting value on their “things” – don’t be so pretentious and judgmental
4. Lastly- Mr. Mathis wrote this piece with a lot of tongue in cheek humor- we for the most part were able to comprehend his article. So asking the masses what part we didn’t understand makes me wonder if you are the one who misunderstood this article.
That is all- go get some anger management classes.

DLink

June 11th, 2013
1:47 pm

And here I thought every hero was a fool. I could log in, but those places are too often boring, and George took on quite the article for light-heartedness. I feel I’ve been less than kind, almost.

doode

June 11th, 2013
1:50 pm

Oh, JK- I realized I may have used some words beyond your reading skill. This may help:
Screed – rant
Vitriol – bitterness
Insinuating – Implying/suggesting
Gaffe – mistake
Append – attach to
Devoid – missing
Tongue in cheek – lighthearted

Ladeef

June 11th, 2013
2:06 pm

Snowden = a true american hero

LouLou

June 11th, 2013
2:27 pm

Who cares if “they” are listening??? LISTEN AWAY M-FERS!!!!!!

DLink

June 11th, 2013
3:37 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrO4YZeyl0I

Since my other post got blanked. Enjoy.

Bumper

June 11th, 2013
7:11 pm

In a telephone town hall meeting earlier this evening my Congressman, who is a member of the House intelligence committee, said he was unaware of the NSA cellphone record hoarding program, which would seem to contradict the administration’s claim that Congress was on board. I don’t really fault Snowden because someone was going to eventually leak this scandal, he just happened to be first.