Filmmaker Oliver Stone has made a dramatic thriller about the most famous and controversial whistle blower of our time: Edward Snowden. What Snowden revealed to the public was the massive surveillance the US government engaged in against its own citizens, as well as foreign leaders. Snowden made us aware of the extent to which the NSA was violating Fourth Amendment protections against “unreasonable search”. There is no longer privacy when Big Brother is watching. The 2016 Russian hacking of emails pales by comparison.
Is Snowden a patriot or a traitor? Some members of Congress have called for his assassination. Others call him a hero who bravely risked all to uphold the Constitution. What is the responsibility of the individual when faced with his government’s violation of the law or of conscience? This is a question many are facing today.
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