Monthly Archives: January 2014

Edward Snowden

Well if you ever find yourself in a compromising situation with the federal government, you can always flee to Russia. Why do I say this? Mostly because this is what Edward Snowden did. Want to know more? Great! I’ll tell you. Edward Snowden, former NSA contractor is most known for his national faux pas when he blabbed information about federal surveillance habits on US citizens and other nations.  He revealed that the NSA was spying on offline computers and not only that, but they were obtaining people’s text messages.  These means were used to determine locations, transactions, etc. of individuals. Needless to say, many people were less than thrilled to hear about this. Apparently violations of privacy is frowned upon. Although he claims that people were “misled about his situation”, most people have already made up their minds about it. Surprisingly Mr. Snowden made a sudden move to Russia. Hopefully he’ll have better luck with the government there.

I for one, have a slight problem with these surveillance procedures.  Although I do acknowledge that safety is a priority for this country, I do believe there is a difference between protecting ourselves and obsessive behavior caused by paranoia.  Extreme surveillance practices could potentially put my personal information in the wrong hands, unbeknownst to me.  I communicate with people that I don’t know very well personally because of professional situations such as school and work but, for me to be monitored based on my seeming connection to people seems absurd.  This type of monitoring could be seen as a nuisance more than safety measures. Although, what Mr. Snowden did was technically wrong because he leaked confidential information, I do believe the public deserved to know. If you’re going to violate our privacy, we should at least know about it.  Perhaps the fact that he revealed this could be a catalyst to finding a better way of having security for this nation.