When the news first broke about the NSA spying scandal, I was, like many, very upset by the violation of our Constitutional rights and privacy. There were, of course, a few out there who don't seem to mind unchecked power. I guess they would have make good NAZIs or Communists.
Now that the dust has settled...or the curtain has been pulled back, I feel compelled to comment on some of the subsequent releases of NSA documents.
Even with the first release, the part of me that would never violate an oath of secrecy, struggled with the release of classified documents. Talk about mixed emotions. Frankly, I'm not sure what he could have done. If he raised flags internally, he would have either disappeared or been prosecuted and made to rot in jail and disappeared that way. He probably could have gone outside of the NSA, to Congress, but look at how many still support the NSA's efforts to "protect us from terrorism"! That, despite the fact that the NSA admits that no attacks were stopped.
So, he ended up going to a foreign press. I probably wouldn't have as much of a problem with that if he had not included documents on what the NSA does outside of the USA. Spying on foreign governments IS their job, and I have no problem with that. So, this is where my "support" for Snowden ends. I have no issues with calling out power-hungry fools and secret and un-American courts that violate our rights. I do have a problem with giving the world our blueprints for spying.
Snowden has given up everything, right or wrong. I feel sorry for him, and grateful for what he has done too. As much as I sit here on my bully pulpit, I could not have violated my oath. I take it too seriously. Does that make me a coward or a patriot? I don't know. I do know that all it take for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.
Most of you out there are aware that after the University of East Anglia's emails were hacked and released (after ignoring British Freedom of Information Act requests), the Global Warming scam was pretty much discovered to be a giant scam and discredited. http://www.john-daly.com/hockey/hockey.htm
I won't go into too much detail, but basically the scientists admitted that they didn't see the warming they wanted, and had to manipulate the data to support the "hockey stick" graph that showed the upward surge in temperatures. Likewise, the raw data used to create the hockey stick graph was deleted. Now even non-scientists know that the raw data is essential for proving your theories. Science has to be repeatable, and you can verify the results with tainted data. Of course, the so-called scientists knew that, which is why they wouldn't release and eventually deleted the data.
Naturally, global warming left a bad taste in everyone's mouth so presto-change-o, we'll call it climate change. Sure, that covers everything. Too much snow, too little snow, too hot, too cold, too much rain, too little rain....all due to climate change!! No more embarrassment when temperatures are freezing and everyone starts questioning why you want to start taxing them for breathing and farting.
The past month has been pretty busy. We have global-warming scientists, on a trip to the Antarctic to see the melting ice cap, trapped and subsequently rescued from the Antarctic ice that...surprise...isn't melting but growing. Likewise, we have the coldest weather in 20 years affecting the United States; and let's add that the 2010's have the most snow on record. Most free-thinking people would think global warming is pure bunk, but remember it's now "climate change" which is prepared for everything.