The interview of Snowden by NBC Brian Williams is here and below.
The Snowden interview conducted by NBC's Brian Williams was
fascinating. I see, cogently,
Snowden's point of view BUT -- and it is a big BUT -- we are not in a
Revolutionary War 18th century milieu or even in a 19th century era. We
are in a 21st century nuclear age. The
threat to our nation, our security and our lives is, I believe, enormous
no matter the US historical malodorous foreign policy rationales for
it. I wish Brian Williams could have discussed that.
Russia or China are as sophisticated as Snowden says they are would not
they do they all they could to get information to use against us? How fast does
one think one Russia or China or even worse a terrorist, who thinks he is
commanded by God to kill the "godless" with the help of a terrorist state, would use a nuclear device on this nation?
I think Snowden
did not think out well the enormity of what he did though his arguments
are extraordinarily cogent. I do not think he is a patriot nor do I
think he is a traitor. I think he is misguided and did not think well enough about
the existential threat to our nation now since 9/11 irrespective of the
NSA documents he appropriated.
If he could give up his life for
a principle that is his prerogative but he does not speak for me. I want to live
and feel, despite NSA and other extensive surveillance, as free as I did during
the Eisenhower years.
I would never do or even think of doing
what he did although I am as much a civil liberties lover as he. If,
yes, God forbid, a nuclear device is used against this nation our
Constitution, sacred as it is, will simply be a piece of paper and we
will all be gone. Excuse me, Mr. Snowden, I do not want to die like that!