Anybody besides me sick of hearing about Edward Snowden? I was until I read “The insufferable whistleblower” by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post Writers Group.
“Not for Snowden any anxiety about the implications for national security of his theft of government secrets, any regrets about his violations of a duty of secrecy.”
“Insufferable is the first adjective evoked by Snowden’s recent interview with Barton Gellman in the Washington Post, but it has numerous cousins: smug, self-righteous, egotistical, disingenuous, megalomaniacal, overwrought.”
In the Barton interview Snowden claimed that “The system failed comprehensively, and at each level of oversight….”
“Thankfully, at least as Snowden sees it, he was there to pick up the slack.”
“…if Snowden is such a believer in the Constitution, why not stick around to test the system that the Constitution created and deal with the consequences of his actions rather than offer to trade stolen secrets to the best asylum bidder?”
“…the theft was massive. The injury to intelligence gathering is of equal magnitude. ‘I am still working for the NSA right now,’ Snowden announced. ‘They are the only ones who don’t realize it.’”
“Orwell might have called that double-think.”
I hope our country’s intelligence community will still be effective despite all the hoopla about making our intelligence gathering “transparent.”
Does anyone truly believe we can do without information about what other nations and terrorist groups might be planning? Or that our methods should be made public?
There is always room and reason for evaluating government programs, but I think most Americans demand that the people to whom we have entrusted our security can do their job and keep us safe.