I am curious, did both, Snowden and Manning have venues to call attention to the unethical behavior in their respective organizations without breaking the law?
They did and as reported, both tried multiple times. Both failed to make an impression and were dismissed.
The reason I am calling them hero's is simply the risk they each took in order to expose criminals of the highest of ranks.
Any person who puts there own life in direct jeopardy for the cause of this great nations perseverance of established freedoms and protection or defense of the U.S. Constitution is a hero in my book. (anyone read the bill of rights lately)?
I think folks should put themselves in the same hypothetical situation... What would you do? Knowing your life could end or change drastically forever as you know it? Would you 'blow the whistle' and expose the corruption for the ideal of freedom and the fundamentals of our constitution? I would.
Or would you keep your mouth shut and tow the party line in favor of your comfy safe temporary existence while our rights and freedoms are methodically trampled and systematically removed?
To me, the justification is in the data results... have you seen the video(s) or read any of what manning or Snowden released in detail? perhaps read of what PRISM has to offer us? Or how Google and AT&T (amongst others) are only happy to help pursue this Orwellian dream for $$.
It's the new mafia and it's really big...
The mainstream media is now bought and paid for...
Cronkite is rolling in his grave...
Much of the population is afflicted with Cognitive dissonance...
(it's so horrible... it can't be true so I'll bury my head in the sand.)
Manning will likely be in jail the rest of his entire life.
Snowden is exiled, and has to look over his shoulder every minute of every day.
They both sacrificed so much.
We need Hero's. sadly, it appears history will treat them differently.
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