Target: Whistle-blower Edward Snowden
Goal: Commend Snowden for deciding to leak information about government spying procedures
Recently a trove of documents were leaked to and subsequently published by journalist Glenn Greenwald on The Guardian’s website. The leaked documents outlined the Obama administration’s use of the National Security Agency and its affiliates to obtain individual’s computer information both nationally and globally. The documents show that the NSA was responsible for obtaining over 97 billion pieces of information about individual users on popular websites like Google. The leaker of the documents has decided to reveal himself in a daring display of bravery, and as an attempt to explain his reasons for leaking the information. Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, has stated his motivations to be based on morality and interests in democracy, and he should be applauded for his efforts that may land him in jail.
In an interview with Glenn Greenwald, Snowden explicitly stated his interests in allowing the nation to decide whether the watchdog activity of the NSA is acceptable. Additionally he cited his moral standards as an impetus to motivate him in leaking the NSA documents. In our current climate of whistle-blower crackdown, where whistle-blowers are subject to extreme punitive measures, Snowden’s actions required a large dose of heroism. He made the deliberate decision to alter his life drastically; he will probably require political asylum and not have anything resembling a normal life again. At the moment the Obama administration is preparing to indict Snowden on charges of espionage, and the subsequent trial of Snowden is sure to be vicious. We must show our support for Snowden and his brave actions to ensure individuals like him do not think their decisions were made in vain.
By supporting Snowden and signing this petition you will also be encouraging future whiste-blowers to stand up to unchecked power, and allow the public the ability to have a serious discourse over the actions of our government and corporate entities. Opponents of whistle-blowers are quick to cite the danger posed to national security in leaking information. Yet, the reality remains that documents like the ones leaked by Bradley Manning and Daniel Ellsberg rarely threaten the security of a country. Instead they serve to expose crimes carried out by the agencies implicated, and this is one of the real reasons why our government is so ferocious in targeting whistle-blowers. Please sign this petition and let Edward Snowden know that his actions are invaluable.
Dear Edward Snowden,
Thank you. Your decision to leak documents that have exposed our government’s willingness to deprive any and all individuals of privacy has been a great service to the world. I know in the current climate of government vigilance against whistle-blowers this decision could not have been easy, and therefore I cannot express how deeply I admire your determination to let your morals guide you and do the right thing. I also hope that future individuals will not be discouraged to act accordingly, and call foul on unchecked power whenever they have the ability to do so.
I understand that you have acted in a way that will alter the course of your life forever, possibly depriving you of any form of normalcy and comfort, therefore if it serves as any type of comfort for you I wish to express my deepest gratitude. Again, thank you for your bravery.
[Your Name Here]
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