Target: Michael Hayden, Former CIA Chief
Goal: Condemn Hayden for comments likening Snowden’s leak to the Boston bombing
In a recent interview, a former CIA chief made some very shocking remarks regarding Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the NSA surveillance. He likened the NSA leaker to the Tsarnaev brothers, the men who organized the Boston bombings. Not only is this ridiculous statement an attack on a whistleblower, but with these comments Hayden links Islam to national security threats.
In an interview he stated, “I don’t think Snowden spied for the money, and he probably did not spy for the power. He seems to have revealed this information because of his ideological embrace of transparency as a virtue. It is a little like the Boston bombers. The issue is at what point does Islamic fundamentalism flip-over and become a genuine national security threat? Likewise, at what point does a cultural tendency towards transparency flip-over to become a deep threat inside your system? They are similar issues.”
Likening Snowden and other whistleblowers to Islam serves to discredit both parties. Islam is not a threat to national security. Snowden’s threat to national security was in the interest of preserving the public’s constitutional rights to privacy. Lumping both of those into one category cheapens the validity of each. Using the Tsarnaev brothers as representatives of all Islam is horrific, and they cannot be put into the same category.
Sign this petition to condemn Hayden’s comments, and let him know that the public does not support his opinions on Snowden nor Islam. Such comments are an embarrassment to those who serve in positions of public power, and expose the true nature of those that are hired into positions of authority.
Dear Mr. Hayden,
In a recent interview with Financial Review, you made some very shocking remarks. You likened Snowden to men who attempted to kill many people, and stated that Islam could quickly become a national threat. Neither of these statements are valid: Snowden is not a terrorist as you claim, nor is Islam responsible for the actions of individuals. Lumping them together is an ignorant statement, and does not address actual terrorism in any way.
I strongly oppose your statements, and urge you to apologize to the Islamic community. There is no link between men who tried to kill thousands of innocent citizens, Islam, and Snowden’s leak. Snowden attempted to preserve the rights of citizens, and the Boston bombers attempted to strip the lives of innocents. There is no connection there.
I urge you to retract your statements, and I hope you can separate Islam from terrorists, and see the difference between Snowden’s actions and the unwarranted murder of the Tsarnaev brothers.
[Your Name Here]
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