America has a Snowden dilemma

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 19, 2014 

The recent column, "Edward Snowden: Both a whistle-blower and a traitor" begs the question: Are the others involved in the NSA scandal Americans, un-American or both? They were born in America, yet they lied to their fellow countrymen. They wore American uniforms, yet spied on their countrymen. In my opinion, they should be considered questionable Americans.

The column lists a sample of some questionable leaks by Snowden. It would have been more interesting if the writer had, at the end of his list, weighted the list against the consequences if Snowden had remained silent. Would I even be writing this response? We forget the darkness when shown the light.

The New York Times has proposed that Snowden be granted clemency on humanitarian grounds. "Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight," the newspaper said, adding that more time is needed to assess the damage he's done.

I watched as one of those questionable Americans ignored questions from a reporter and entered his black, chauffeured limo and drove away. Who is going to assess the damage he's done?

My concerns are twofold: First, are those questionable Americans just the tip of the iceberg? Secondly, is our government, especially the NSA, incubating questionable, young Americans?

Robert Pielli

Hilton Head Island

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