Traitor or Hero?

Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor? To my understanding, I believe he is without a doubt a hero to our country. While many think he has done damage to the US intelligence proficiencies, I for one, applaud him. For years, the government has been engaging in acts that are preached as unconstitutional, yet manage to keep these claims discrete and out of the public eye. Snowden should be entitled in history as one of the boldest and most loyal individual to our country. I do agree that he could have gone about his actions in a more legal way with trial and verdict rather than fleeing to different countries in fear of prosecution, but on the other hand if he did take legal actions he could have been silenced and/or threatened before he could release any evidence of illegitimate government doings. He did all of this in favor of the innocent people who are being watched for absolutely no reason and said it was immoral and that we, the American people,  should be aware of such actions. Leaking information to the media may have not been the smartest thing to do but he did indeed reveal these revelations, helping our country know what our government is doing rather than keep everything under the radar. In definition, speaking against the government is a form of terrorism, but how can anybody call this man a terrorist? How many people will sacrifice everything for this country?  How many will leave behind their families, friends, job and most importantly their lives to reveal such information that can put them in serious trouble with the government. Edward has done nothing wrong. The recordings of every phone call, email, bank transaction, and texts should be viewed as unconstitutional in regards to the 4th amendment. Have we forgotten what the 4th amendment states? “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.” He may have broken the law in revealing this kind of information. People may call him a criminal. But he did all of this in the name of what he thought was right and believed that we as the people of this country should know what the government is hiding. He is not a traitor and should be regarded as what he is, a hero.

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